Watermen of the Chesapeake Bay

My name is Lindsey Carver, and I am a rising senior at the College of William & Mary.  This summer I will be conducting research to support the writing of my undergraduate honors thesis in Anthropology.  I am focusing on the community of Guinea in Gloucester, Virginia.  Watermen from Guinea have fished the waters of the Chesapeake Bay, a major source of oysters and blue crabs, for centuries.  However, the bay has seen a decline in oysters and crabs in recent decades.  Over-harvesting in the past, decline in water quality, and the spread of oyster diseases has contributed to this decrease.  Maryland and Virginia have instituted regulations to protect the populations of oysters and blue crabs, affecting the fishermen’s ability to make a livelihood on the water as they did in the past.

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