NOAA’s Chesapeake Bay Interpretive Buoy System
(CBIBS) consists of ten buoys marking points
along the Captain John Smith Chesapeake National
Historic Trail. These buoys relay real-time data on
weather, water conditions, and water quality online
at buoybay.noaa.gov, by phone at 877/BUOY-BAY,
and via free apps for iPhone/iPad and Android.
NOAA launched the newest buoy on July 18 at the
mouth of the York River on the York Spit.
Why are the buoys “interpretive?” Each buoy
features audio and written content developed and
recorded by CBF’s very own Senior Naturalist John
Page Williams on the natural and cultural history of
the area surrounding the buoy. The data collected
is valuable for boaters, anglers, scientists, and
teachers. NOAA is also developing Chesapeake
Exploration, a collection of online activities for
middle and high school students designed around
the real-time observational data from CBIBS.
This past spring, CBF installed a new sign on Island 1 along the
Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel. The bridge-tunnel, which originally
opened in 1964, connects Virginia Beach to the Eastern Shore
of Virginia and marks the meeting of the Chesapeake Bay and
the Atlantic Ocean. Located near the gift shop and Sea Gull Pier
Restaurant, the sign offers a unique photo op and encourages travelers to learn more about the Bay and CBF. Stop by and post your
pic to social media using hashtag #baytunnel.
Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel Gets a New Sign!
What you may know: Oyster shells are
needed to grow new oysters. What you
may not know: There is a critical shortage
of oyster shells.
CBF’s Oyster Restoration centers are
working with local restaurants and residents in Virginia and Maryland to collect
opened oyster shells. This natural material is perfect for baby oysters to attach
to while also creating a new habitat once
they are put onto sanctuary reefs. CBF
recently recognized partner restaurants
with plaques announcing their involvement. Pictured here is Bobby Wharton,
owner of the Crab Shack in Newport
News, Virginia. For state listings of participating restaurants, visit cbf.org/sos.
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