First of all, it is a beautiful place to visit; teen the views of the water, the wildlife, the historic towns, and the history scattered across each of the unique towns. This makes the Eastern Shore a prime location for low key vacations, as well as destination weddings. Another equally predominant factor to the amount of tourists which come to The Shore is the “local grub. ” Everyone who visits The Shore wants to eat Maryland Blue Crabs, oysters, and Rockford. So, how is it that the Chesapeake Bays watershed directly impacts the number of tourists who visit The Shore in a year?
As anyone who lives on The Shore, I can recall which years have been the busiest u to tourism. What I cannot do is tell others why those years were so busy compared to others which have been much slower. After doing some research, I have determined that the number of tourists who visit the Eastern Shore of Maryland is directly impacted by the health of the Chesapeake Bay Watershed. Through an interview with a local waterman, an additional interview with a local waitress and articles accessible via online databases I am able to provide support for this unalienable fact.
According to local waterman, Manikin Phillips, the crabbing season is directly elated to the Rockford season which is directly related to the oyster season. It is a never ending cycle. The number one Job of oysters in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed is to keep the estuary clean. When the Bay is more polluted, the oysters are unable to keep it as clean. This later result in fewer Rockford and, then, fewer crabs. The oyster population is also impacted if the Bay is too polluted, as they are unable to clean it all and then the population is diminished accordingly. When this happens (as it is rare) the cycle is of course impacted the same way.
Phillips has made the statement that he has noticed a decrease in tourism during seasons in which he is less fortunate, “when I’m having a bad year, the first wave of tourists is the biggest wave I see. When I’m having a good year, the first wave (of tourists) is generally one of the smallest (Phillips, 2013). ” In another interview I conducted I spoke with a career waitress, who has been working in the heart of Downtown Gaston for over twenty years in one of the busiest restaurants In town, Heather Norton. MISS Norton NAS Motormen me Tanat summer Is In mineral the slowest season for the Washington Street Pub, but every year is different.
She claims that the years where the oysters throughout the fall and winter seasons are more local, the summers are busier. Her “best guess is that when there is a good oyster season, and we don’t have to bring oysters in from Virginia or Maine or Rhode Island, that meaner the summer is going to be better. ” Heather has informed me that she has customer who come from all over the East Coast to hunt and fish in the area and that many of them stop through the Pub each visit. She knows from talking to hose men and women that the Eastern Shore is attractive to tourists because of the fresh, local seafood (Norton, 2013).
These two locals share an incredible knowledge of two of the largest industries for our area; that of the waterman, and tourism. It is important that tourists get the fresh, local seafood they want when they come to the Eastern Shore. In order for that to happen, it is important that the Chesapeake Bay Watershed is not polluted. The big question here is how to keep the Chesapeake Bay Watershed as one of the main attractions on the Eastern Shore. There have been attempts for decades to lean up the Bay, but any expert would eagerly tell you that there is more to it than that.
In order to keep the Chesapeake Bay healthy, you have to start with eliminating pollution in the entire watershed. If we are to rebuild the population of Maryland Blue Crabs, oysters and Rockford, we have to start small. The numbers that we have lost over the past thirty years are outstanding. Since the sass the oyster population alone has decreased by 70%. The sewage lines that dump into the watershed, the fertilizer and other agricultural run-off are the biggest issues causing the decline in he Bays health, and subsequently the tourism on the Eastern Shore that depends so heavily on the watershed (Woodward, December 2001).
With the oysters taking a record time high in the amount of time it is taking them to filter the Bay, we as citizens have to wonder if there is any hope left for our precious watershed (Woodward, December 2001). Having grown up on a creek which is part of the watershed, I know that there are oil spills consistently, there is garbage dumped carelessly into the rivers and creeks, and there is not enough urgency in the coals to help fix the problem.
In order to maintain our seafood and tourism profits on the Eastern Shore, we will have to all work together to re-build our watershed. By doing so, we will observe the tourism increase in direct correlation to the health of the Chesapeake Bay Watershed. References Norton, H. (2013, April 28). Interview With a Local Waitress. (A. Cotton, Interviewer) Phillips, M. (2013, April 23). Interview With a Waterman. (A. Cotton, Interviewer) Woodward, C. (December 2001). Saving The Chesapeake. E: The Environmental Magazine , 20-23.