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April 16 is a big day for anglers seeking big rockfish this year—that’s when the Maryland spring trophy striped bass (rockfish) season opens. From then through May 15, fishermen in Maryland can harvest one fish per day with a minimum size of 35 inches.

Last fall, reports from a number of locations around the Bay suggested that the water seemed to be much clearer than average. Several scientists from around the Bay, including NOAA, turned to s

Many Chesapeake-area residents have noticed very clear water in the Bay in recent weeks, and scientists are working together to further explore this topic. While images from some Bay tributaries show terrific visibility in the water—being able to see the bottom in 10 feet of water, for example—scientists want to validate the phenomenon using data from a variety of sources.

There’s a chill in the air, and with an eye toward keeping CBIBS buoys safe from ice damage, several of the northernmost CBIBS buoys will be pulled for the 2015-16 winter and redeployed in early spring.

The frozen waters the Chesapeake Bay saw in early 2015 have long since melted, but CBIBS buoy technicians continue their work to minimize problems CBIBS buoys may encounter due to icing in future winters. 

Boaters who have frequented the waters near the Annapolis CBIBS buoy over the past few years may have noticed that, this year, the top structure of the buoy now features an additional piece of equipment. What is it, and why is it there?

What a winter that was! Challenging weather conditions that started Valentine’s Day weekend have kept the CBIBS team busy. The buoys are generally quite hardy, but ice can damage the sensors, and ice floes can drag the buoys out of position.

As summer turns to fall across the Chesapeake watershed, many around the Bay recall pleasant times outdoors around the Bay in mostly comfortable summer temperatures, with no super-hot stretches of weather, and seemingly few days above 90 degrees. But do these personal recollections match data tracked by CBIBS buoys? 

Cash prizes and the opportunity to present your ideas to Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley are up for grabs at the August 1-3 DataBay “Reclaim the Bay” Innovation Challenge.

With the recent release of an updated app for iPhone and a brand-new app designed for iPad in collaboration with our partners at the Chesapeake Conservancy, all CBIBS mobile apps now feature graphing capability and access to audio and text versions of interpretive content about all CBIBS buoy locations.

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