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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - A new report says Chesapeake Bay water quality has improved, but there's been a decline in fisheries.

The Chesapeake Bay Foundation released its biennial State of the Bay report Monday. It gave the nation's largest estuary a D-plus grade overall. That's unchanged from 2012.

The report cites improvements in water clarity, oysters and underwater grasses. But declines were seen in scores for blue crabs and rockfish.

CBF President William Baker took special aim at the Eastern Shore where phosphorus levels have actually gone up in some areas.

Chesapeake Bay Foundation

There are signs of recovery in the Chesapeake Bay.

Bay grasses, crabs and rockfish are all showing resilience, according to the Chesapeake Bay Program.

The grasses in particularly in the large Susquehanna Flats near the top of the bay not only survived a tropical storm two years ago but have been coming back in a dramatic way in the mid-bay areas.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that the latest survey still found that only 34 percent of the bay met the standards for water oxygen levels while water clarity was still deemed very poor.