SERC Open House

Saturday, Sept. 20

Join our scientists for a day of hands-on ecology on the water and in the woods. Sign up online for free parking!

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News and Research

Oysters Have Sidekick in Bay Cleanup

Oysters aren't the only shellfish that can filter water in the Chesapeake Bay. Three marine biologists discovered one smaller bivalve is able to lend a hand.
(Image: Chris Judy)

Blue Crabs Need (More Than) A Few
Good Men

For years, selectively fishing male blue crabs has been lauded as a way to give females a chance to spawn. But a Bay with too few males could have a hidden cost, SERC biologists discovered.

Wanted: A Few Thousand Crabs

SERC's fish and invertebrate lab is on a mission to tag blue crabs all over the Chesapeake, in hopes that some of them could offer clues to ending the population's two-year slump.

Education and Events

Full Calendar of Events

--Friday, August 22, 1:00PM– 4:00PM
Special Event
"Chesapeake Parasite Project"

--Saturday, August 23, 8:00AM– 4:00PM
Special Event
"Chesapeake Parasite Project"

--Saturday, August 23, 9:00AM– 11:30AM
Special Event
"Canoe Excursion "

--Sunday, August 24, 8:00AM– 4:00PM
Special Event
"Chesapeake Parasite Project"

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