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Portions of the Delaware Bay and Murderkill River and St. Jones Rivers will be turned reddish in color this week.


John Lee

The State has closed recreational shellfish harvesting in north Delaware Bay because of possible health risks.

John Lee


In response to a massive sewage spill, Delaware’s Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC) is temporarily halting shellfish harvesting in the Delaware Bay.

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In January, our science reporter Eli Chen introduced us to University of Delaware marine biologists doing the first major survey of zooplankton in Delaware Bay in six decades.

Those UD researchers are now part way through their work, using facial recognition technology and a high-tech scanner to identify the tiny critters in their samples. The data they collect should provide new insights into the ecology of the bay, and how it's changing -- and it might be a boon for the region's fishery managers, too.

Delaware Public Media's Annie Ropeik tagged along on a recent sampling trip on the bay to bring us a first hand look at their efforts.

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Several weeks after the Delaware River Main Channel Deepening project began work off Broadkill Beach - a hill of dredged-up material is taking shape there.

That mountain will eventually become a 16 foot tall dune stretching along over 14,000 feet of shoreline - and a 100 foot wide, 8 foot tall berm that diminishes the damaging effects of storms and flooding.

Cathy Carter

Each spring, thousands of migratory shorebirds from around the world stop to feed for two weeks in the Delaware Bay on horseshoe crab eggs to help fuel their journey from South America to their Arctic breeding grounds. The Delaware Bay is home to the largest population of horseshoe crabs on the Atlantic coast.

Though the town’s name might not suggest it, there’s a lot of life that thrives in Slaughter Beach.

This month, the town officially became a certified wildlife habitat, a designation given by the National Wildlife Federation. It’s one of three certified wildlife habitats in the state and the only one along the Delaware coastline.