Chesapeake Bay Research Paper

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Conservation of Invertebrates in the Chesapeake Bay The Chesapeake Bay is home to an array of invertebrates. Each contributing in many unique ways to help preserve and retain the bays healthy ecosystem. Invertebrates of the Chesapeake Bay are confronted with dozens of environmental and human initiated complications. Some problems that invertebrates local to the Bay see are degradation of water quality, climate change, and loss of habitat. If no actions are taken and these complications aren’t managed, the populations of invertebrates, and the Bay, could be catastrophically damaged. Invertebrates local to the Bay have many unique biological adaptations to their environment to maintain a healthy life. The adaptations work in positive ways to make new niches for other organisms and local invertebrates to thrive, as well as help promote and maintain a healthier Chesapeake Bay. Invertebrates exhibit a variety of different types of life stages to maturity. Each new growing stage of an invertebrate can be affected differently and are extremely vulnerable to water quality, climate change, and habitat loss. (McErlean et al. 1972)…show more content…
The degradation of the Bay will start a massive trickledown effect that will severely hurt our fishery economy. Fisheries are a huge industry in the Bay and have been for years. Affects at this level have already been observed. Blue Crab (Callinectes sapidus) are seen to be the most valued fisheries among them in the Chesapeake Bay. Blue Crab populations have been understood to be on the decline. The Blue Crab abundance in 2014 has been observed to be much lower than in later years of 2012 and 2013. Management of this imperiled invertebrate and others are essential for these resources to flourish in the future. (Thorp et al. 2011) (Auson et al.

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