In 1966 Congress passed the National Sea Grant College Program Act
to promote marine research, education, and extension services in
institutions along the nation's ocean and Great Lakes coasts. In
Maryland a Sea Grant Program -- a partnership among federal and
state governments, universities, and industries -- began in 1977,
and in 1982 the University of Maryland was named the nation's
seventeenth Sea Grant College.
The Maryland Sea Grant College focuses its efforts on the
Chesapeake Bay, with emphasis on the marine concerns of fisheries,
seafood technology, and environmental quality.
A description of the Chesapeake's waterman, this book details
fishing for crabs, oysters, soft clams, hard clams, eels, cat-fish,
menhaden, and other fish. Each chapter describes a day with a
waterman, capturing the personality of the boat's crew as well as
the techniques they use to catch their prey. Bay artist Neil Harpe
has produced original lithographs for the book, and the combination
of words and pictures helps to capture a slice of time in the lives
of the watermen. The full-color cover reproduces an original
lithograph by Neil Harpe of two skipjacks dredging the oyster beds
of Tangier Sound.
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