Failing the Chesapeake Bay

Failing the Chesapeake Bay

From oysters to skipjacks, a way of life is fast becoming endangered. What's being done to clean up the Bay and rescue the community? (Wash. Post)

As North America’s largest estuary, the waters of the Chesapeake Bay have traditionally provided a wealth of employment and opportunity to match its inherent natural beauty. Oysters, crabs and striped bass provided industry and drew tourists. Yet an array of changes and intricate dilemmas have left this once booming seafaring culture in a state of sordid decline.

In this detailed and multi-faceted report, the Washington Post explores government efforts to clean up the Bay in the past 25 years, and how several Bay communities are adapting to change. It examines the issues surrounding the deterioration of an ecosystem and its accompanying economy. This engaging presentation of historical photos, investigative articles, and video reports all seem to sketch the troublesome picture that the Chesapeake fishermen may not be far off from pulling in their nets for the last time.

CHANNEL: Washington Post

Voices of the Bay (videos):

A Fading Fleet – 4:44
The decline of oysters in the Chesapeake Bay has resulted in fewer jobs for watermen and a shift in the local economy.

A Way of Life, Lost – 4:06
The Abbott family once made their living along the bay. They’ve been forced to sell their boats, close their shop, and find a new way of life.

Turning to Tourism to Survive – 5:01
Many local towns have transformed into tourist destinations to stay afloat, due to the declining income obtained by working the waters.

Video/Multimedia: Whitney Shefte
Producer: Katharine Jarmul
Design and Production: Kat Downs and Sarah Sampsel