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Fish Increasing at Hail Cove Living Shoreline Project    

Region 5, June 22, 2011
Hail Cove Living Shoreline, USFWS
Hail Cove Living Shoreline, USFWS - Photo Credit: n/a
Fish Survey, USFWS
Fish Survey, USFWS - Photo Credit: n/a
Sorting the Catch, USFWS
Sorting the Catch, USFWS - Photo Credit: n/a
Blue Crab, USFWS
Blue Crab, USFWS - Photo Credit: n/a

Chesapeake Bay Field Office, Coastal Program biologists monitoring the waters at Hail Cove Living Shoreline Project, near Eastern Neck National Wildlife Refuge in Kent County Maryland, found an increase in overall abundance fish. The survey compared the fish community before project construction in 2009 and after construction in 2011. Two significant changes before and after construction were apparent: an overall increase in fish abundance and, specifically, an increase in white perch abundance. The total abundance of fish increased 61% and white perch abundance grew 422%. 

A critical component of the Hail Cove Living Shoreline Project is the oysters, grown and planted on an Arc of Stone with oyster grown by the Washington College and Friends of Eastern Neck. The oysters are surviving and look healthy. The oysters are creating reef habitat on the rocks for a variety of aquatic species like bent mussels, barnacles, blue crab and various fish, including American eels. The mussels and barnacles will, in turn, provide food for wintering waterfowl.

For more information contact:

David Sutherland




Contact Info: Kathryn Reshetiloff, 410-573-4582, kathryn_reshetiloff@fws.gov