The End of an Era

It’s hard to believe that it’s finally over.

The canoes have been put back on the rack, the crab traps have been cleaned and stacked in the shed, and my dirty, filthy tennis shoes have been thrown in the trash. Thus ends a glorious summer spent on the York River.

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Swimming and Sweating

Today my partner, Holly Funkhouser, capsized our canoe.

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The river gets rocky…

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Stephen Grubbs – Summer Mornings on the York River

Hello again! It’s been a few weeks since my research has started in earnest. I think that I have just now really gotten the hang of it. This is what an average day looks like for me:

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Comparing VA BRD with SC BRD in preventing terrapins from entering crab pots

Blue crabs are the target of the most valuable fishery in the Chesapeake region, and are fished both commercially and for sport. Unfortunately, other aquatic animals are often caught as bycatch when fishing for crabs. I am joining Dr. Chambers’ research team to attempt to mitigate the impact of crabbing on the northern diamondback terrapin (turtle) population. One strategy is to exclude the turtles from the trap by modifying the entrance with a bycatch reduction device (BRD). With this research, we hope to examine the efficacy of the BRD developed for use in Virginia versus the efficacy of the untested BRD that the South Carolina legislature is poised to mandate.

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