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Morgan State University

$60,000 Dominion Foundation Grant Restores Funding for Historic Southern Maryland Blue Crab Study
By Clint Coleman
Jul 21, 2014, 11:52

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“Dominion’s support makes possible the resumption of our extensive study of the blue crab population, which is possibly the most valuable fishery in Maryland at present,” said Dr. Kelton Clark, Director of Patuxent Environmental and Aquatic Research Laboratory (PEARL). “This grant benefits any and all of us who are committed to the protection of this valuable resource.”

“We are pleased to provide funding for this program as part of our ongoing commitment to protecting the Chesapeake Bay,” said Mike Frederick, vice president of LNG Operations. “Cove Point’s record of environmental stewardship in southern Maryland stretches back more than three decades. This research will provide benefits far into the future.”

Morgan State University-Patuxent Environmental and Aquatic Research Laboratory (PEARL) in St. Leonard, Md., will continue the study, which was started by George Abbe in 1968 near Calvert Cliffs. This work was of major importance to the assessments of blue crab stocks in Chesapeake Bay completed in 1997 and in 2005. It is also one of only four fishery-independent crab surveys used to assess the health of the Chesapeake Bay blue crab population and its fishery. Because the trends observed during the past 45 years have occurred slowly, a true reversal of trends will not be apparent in shorter 3-5 year studies, making the continuation of this long term study valuable.

Morgan State University, founded in 1867, is a Carnegie classified Doctoral Research Institution offering more than 70 academic programs leading to bachelor’s degrees as well as programs at the master’s and doctoral levels. As Maryland’s Public Urban Research University, Morgan serves a multi-ethnic and multi-racial student body and seeks to ensure that the doors of higher education are opened as wide as possible to as many as possible. For more information on Morgan State University, visit

The Dominion Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Dominion Resources, is dedicated to improving the physical, social and economic well-being of the communities served by Dominion companies. Dominion and the Foundation support nonprofit causes that meet basic human needs, protect the environment, support education and promote community vitality. For more information about Dominion, one of the nation’s largest producers and transporters of energy, visit
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