What is the National Estuarine Research Reserve?
The National Estuarine Research Reserve System is a network of 27 reserves established for long-term research, education and stewardship of the nationís estuaries. This partnership program between the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the coastal states protects more than 1 million acres of estuarine land and water, provides essential habitat for wildlife, offers education opportunities for students, teachers and the public, and serves as a living laboratory for scientists.
Marylandís Chesapeake Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve System (CBNERR-MD) was established in 1985 with Monie Bay, a large wetland near Deal Island on the lower Eastern Shore, being the sole component. In 1990 Otter Point Creek and Jug Bay were added to the reserve. Together, these three reserve components reflect the diversity of estuarine systems found within the Maryland portion of the Chesapeake Bay providing essential habitat for commercially as well as recreationally important fish and crabs, filtering mud from the Bayís murky waters, and protecting the shoreline from flooding. CBNERR-MD promotes educational opportunities and scientific study of these estuarine systems so that we can better manage and successfully restore these important habitats, as well as enjoy a healthy and productive.
You are welcome to visit the MD component nearest you to participate in one of many public programs. For information
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- Chris Snow