Bay Could See Large Deadzone This Summer

Jun 20, 2019

Chesapeake Bay
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The Chesapeake Bay could experience one of the largest dead zone this summer in the past 20 years.

That’s according to ecologists from the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science and the University of Michigan.

They are predicting it could spread over 2.1 cubic miles in which oxygen depletion would make it impossible for animals as crabs and rockfish to survive.

Jack Brooks with J.M. Clayton Seafood Company in Cambridge told the Salisbury Daily Times that he is worried this could have a devastating impact on the seafood industry.

Dead zones are caused by excess nutrient pollution that come primarily from farming and wastewater.