Chesapeake Bay: An Unprecedented Decline in Submerged Aquatic Vegetation

Science  07 Oct 1983:
Vol. 222, Issue 4619, pp. 51-53
DOI: 10.1126/science.222.4619.51


Data on the distribution and abundance of submerged aquatic vegetation in Chesapeake Bay indicate a significant reduction in all species in all sections of the bay during the last 15 to 20 years. This decline is unprecedented in the bay's recent history. The reduction in one major species, Zostera marina, may be greater than the decline that occurred during the pandemic demise of the 1930' s.