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“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Rock Hall in Kent County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)

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Inscription. The aquatic ecosystem of Chesapeake Bay supports a remarkable diversity of sea creatures.
From bottom-dwellers to swimmers to reef-clutching shellfish, the Bay environment produces more than $175 million in commercial harvests each year. Thatís a lot of seafood!

Experience this diversity firsthand by eating at a local restaurant or going on a charter fishing trip.

Eating From the Estuary
(striped bass), Marylandís state fish is also the Bayís premier sport and commercial species. Silver-flanked with iridescent stripes, rockfish is a challenge to catch and a delight to eat.
Oysters Oysters, a sign of Bay health, do their own part by eating algae and filtering Bay water. Controlling erosion from upstream sources keeps young oysters from smothering under layers of silt, helping stabilize populations of this delicious food.
A Salty Stew Because the Bay bottom is lower than sea level, water rushes in from the Atlantic Ocean at varying levels throughout the year. Winds pushing the tides and high runoff from rains are just two factors affecting the changeable salinity of the Bay.

Life in the Balance
The animals that live here are well adapted to this changing aquatic environment. But as human influences have disrupted Bay health over the past century,
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seafood populations have decreased and harvests have declined.

What You Can Do
More than 15 million people live in the Chesapeake Bay watershed, which stretches from New York to Virginia and the entire District of Columbia. Everyone who lives in the watershed is just a few minutes from one or more of the 100,000 streams or rivers draining into the Bay. From planting erosion-controlling strips of vegetation, to composting, to reducing pesticide use, our cumulative actions can turn the tide and help make the Bay a healthier place. You can make an impact, and see it on your plate!
Erected by Chesapeake Country National Scenic Byway.
Location. 39° 8.118′ N, 76° 14.867′ W. Marker is in Rock Hall, Maryland, in Kent County. Marker is on Bayside Avenue. Touch for map. The marker is located in Bayside Landing Park. Marker is in this post office area: Rock Hall MD 21661, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Right Place, Right Time (within shouting distance of this marker); Attracted By Bounty (within shouting distance of this marker); Rock Hall Landing (approx. ľ mile away); A Diversion (approx.
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0.6 miles away); Rock Hall (approx. 0.7 miles away); Captain Lambert Wickes (approx. ĺ mile away); Stanley B. Vansant Memorial (approx. ĺ mile away); Martin Wagner (approx. 2.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Rock Hall.
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on November 1, 2013, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. This page has been viewed 259 times since then and 22 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on November 1, 2013, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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