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As summer approaches and water temperatures warm, many area residents and visitors take to the water. While some relax in the water in a quick cooling dip, others test themselves in one of the area’s many competitive open-water swimming events or triathlons slated for the summer months. 

Maryland's Chesapeake Bay spring striped bass season opens on Saturday, April 19, with a one fish per person per day limit and a minimum size of 28 inches through May 15 (Detailed regulations are available online.)

The Susquehanna, Upper Potomac, and Patapsco buoys--which had been pulled from the water in early winter--were all redeployed the week of March 17.

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A frigid Arctic air mass has brought dangerous, and in some cases life-threatening, low temperatures and wind chills to much of the central and eastern United States. Wind chill advisories and warnings were in effect on January 7 for much of the eastern two-thirds of the nation, noting possible wind chill values as low as -50F in some locations.

The CBIBS Upper Potomac and Susquehanna buoys have been pulled for the winter. This is done each each in preparation for winter, as ice can damage the buoys' in-water sensors, and large ice floes can move buoys and their moorings.

Every year in the late fall, migratory striped bass (Morone saxatilis)—rockfish—make a trip into the Chesapeake Bay on the way from their summer home off New England to their winter grounds off the capes of Virginia and North Carolina.

Through a unique partnership with the Virginia Commonwealth University, real-time data from a new buoy in the James River is now available via the Chesapeake Bay Interpretive Buoy System.

In partnership with the U.S. Coast Guard, the NOAA Chesapeake Bay Office’s CBIBS team today completed a full-buoy replacement of the CBIBS First Landing buoy.

First Landing buoy with Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel in the background