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Chris Dollar steers his boat on the Ware River in Gloucester, Virginia in September. A charter fishing captain and conservation advocate, Dollar said he sees fewer fish in the bay and its tributaries than he used to. Schools of menhaden that used to be "the size of a football field" have shrunk to "maybe a tennis court," he said. Katherine Hafner/WHRO News hide caption

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A small fish is at the center of a big fight in the Chesapeake Bay

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Tugboats, bottom, align a barge near the container ship Ever Forward, top, which ran aground last month, as workers remove containers from it in efforts to lighten the load and refloat the vessel on April 13. Julio Cortez/AP hide caption

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Tugboats pull on the Ever Forward near Pasadena, Md., on Tuesday, trying to free the ship as it sits in the Chesapeake Bay after running aground near Baltimore. Jim Watson/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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Dayton Hall, left, and Jackson Mountjoy use calipers to measure a baby oyster at the school's oyster garden in Bay St. Louis, Miss. The school is among more than 50 locations in Mississippi and more than 1,000 nationwide where people raise oysters to help build reefs off their states' coasts. Janet McConnaughey/AP hide caption

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Underwater grasses and a crab pot near Crisfield, Md. In the Chesapeake Bay, underwater seagrass beds are growing, sheltering crabs and fish. The long-awaited recovery depends on efforts by farmers to prevent nutrients from polluting the giant estuary. Peter Essick/Getty Images/Aurora Creative hide caption

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This month, The state of Maryland announced a $4 million pilot program to dredge behind the Conowingo Dam. The dam has been holding back pollution for nearly a century, but recent research shows it has filled up with sediment faster than expected. Will Parson/Chesapeake Bay Program/Flickr hide caption

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Pollution Buildup At Conowingo Dam May Harm Chesapeake Bay Cleanup

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Billy Crook's commercial crabbing boat, Pilot's Bride. He says it's looking like it's going to be a good year for crabbing on the Chesapeake Bay. Selena Simmons-Duffin/NPR hide caption

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Chesapeake Bay Dead Zones Are Fading, But Proposed EPA Cuts Threaten Success

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Capt. Kermit Travers is one of the last African-American skipjack captains. The nearly 60 years he has spent on the water have been without a life jacket — even though he can't swim. Barry Gordemer/NPR hide caption

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A Captain On The Chesapeake Bay, 'Lost' Without A Skipjack

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A manatee spotted in the Chesapeake and Delaware (C&D) Canal on Thursday. It's very unusual for the Florida native to get so far north. Delaware Division of Fish and Wildlife hide caption

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