algae blooms

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Algae is becoming a problem for fishermen in the Maryland Coastal Bays.

WBOC reports that some fishermen say that the growth has gotten out of control clogging fishing nets as well getting tangled with rods and in engines.

Maryland Coastal Bay Program’s director Dave Wilson told the television station that the warm weather has been one of many factors in this year’s spike in algae growth.

And experts say the large amount in the water is sucking up the oxygen damaging such stocks as flounder, clams and crabs.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - The size of the Chesapeake Bay's low oxygen "dead zone" is down and dry weather is getting the credit.

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources says testing last week found nearly 12 percent of the bay had poor oxygen levels, nearly half of the long-term average for this time of year. The dead zone dropped from about 30 percent of the bay in July, which typically is when the zone peaks each year.

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Chesapeake Bay dead zones are down this June from last spring when heavy rains pushed them to levels not seen in decades.

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources says samples collected in early June show 12 percent of the bay's main stem had low oxygen levels, down from the same period last spring when a third had levels too low for life. The long-term average is 17 percent.

DNR says warmer, drier conditions this winter, compared to the extremely wet spring last year may be the difference.