Proceedings of the Delmarva Coastal Bays Conference III: Tri-State Approaches to Preserving Aquatic Resources
United States Environmental Protection Agency Office of Research and Development
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On November 12-13, 1999, approximately 300 people attended the Delmarva Coastal Bays Conference III: Tri-State Approaches to Preserving Aquatic Resources (CBCIII). The conference was organized by the Assateague Coastal Trust with planning and financial assistance from twenty-one local, state and federal agencies and organizations - plus support from the local business community. Much has been accomplished since the preceding Delmarva Coastal Bays Conference II held in 1996, including formation of the Maryland Coastal Bays Program, accomplishments by the Delaware Center for the Inland Bays, and the generally increased awareness along Delmarva's seaside of the importance of protecting the aquatic resources that underpin the local economy and quality of life. To date, relatively more attention has been given to land use and development issues that affect water quality. CBCIII has narrowed the focus to the direct impacts on the bays' "critters" from such aquatic stresses as habitat destruction, increaing harvest pressures, invasive species and diseases, and the relevant resource management strategies.