Document Type

Report

Department/Program

Virginia Institute of Marine Science

Publication Date

1979

Abstract

The Chesapeake Bay, one of the largest and most productive estuaries in the world, represents a vast natural, economic, and social resource for the citizens of the surrounding land area. The Bay is many things to many people. Much of the economic development of the entire region has been based upon the natural transportation network and the fisheries industry provided by the Bay and its tributaries. The Bay system also offers a wide variety of water-oriented recreational opportunities, a source of water for both residential and industrial users, and a site for the final disposal of many waste products. The natural resources and processes of the Bay and the activities of man in relation to those processes and resources form a dynamic, complex and interrelated ecosystem. It is unfortunate, but inevitable, that problems arise when man's use or intended use of one resource conflicts either with his use of another resource or with the natural processes of the environment. The need to provide a plan for the resolution of such conflicts and to ensure the coordinated management and efficient use of the Bay's resources was one of the factors which prompted the formation of the Chesapeake Bay Legislative Advisory Commissioh .

Keywords

Marine resources -- Chesapeake Bay (Md. and Va.) -- Management, Marine resources -- Chesapeake Bay (Md. and Va.) -- Management Natural resources -- Chesapeake Bay (Md. and Va.) -- Management

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