Staff Blog

Making Waves in the Inland Bays

It’s a coastal Delaware pastime to sit back, relax, and watch the waters of the ocean and bays as they rise and fall. Our Inland Bays are tidal, after all! But how many of us really know what causes this ebb and flow?   The tide, defined as the vertical rise and fall of the […]

Boots In the Water: My First Seining Experience

Recently, Bayside Fenwick Island held it’s second annual ‘Links to the Bay 5k’, an excellent 5k event benefitting us here at the Delaware Center for the Inland Bays. As the new Development Coordinator for the CIB, I was originally going to assist other coworkers and volunteers with a living shoreline display…     Then, one […]

Taking Stock: Why Our Volunteers Count Fish!

The CIB’s Inshore Fish Seining Program is just preparing to wrap up for the season. An almost entirely volunteer-based effort, this project gathers data on the fish species found in the shallow shore-zone areas of the Inland Bays. Every year from April to October, these volunteers hop into the waist-deep bay waters and drag a […]

3 Facts You Didn’t Know About Delaware’s Inland Bays

1 – Blowing Open an Inlet What makes the Rehoboth, Indian River and Little Assawoman Bays considered Inland Bays? The long strip of barrier beach and the Indian River Inlet make all the difference. This is where the freshwater rivers and streams of Sussex County mix with the salty Atlantic. You likely recognize the Indian […]

3 Unexpected Fish Species Found in the Inland Bays

Mummichogs, horseshoe crabs, and shrimp galore! Seining in the Inland Bays can turn up a number of common species that call our estuary home. But what about the surprise species – the one’s you don’t always expect? Let’s take a look at some of the more interesting fish scooped up by our Inshore Fish Survey teams this summer! […]

Plastic, Plastic, Everywhere!

With all eyes on Rio during these summer Olympics, it’s difficult to ignore the shocking images of debris clogging the city’s bay. While our own bays may not be overwhelmed with trash, that doesn’t mean that it’s not there. Marine debris, particularly of the plastic variety, is a problem in the Inland Bays. This past […]

Widgeon Grass in the South Bethany Canals

Recently, a friend and I took a morning paddle from his house located in South Bethany out to the Little Assawoman Bay. We’ve been doing this together since we were kids and these trips were my first introduction to Delaware’s Inland Bays. Today, these trips are a way keep an eye on how they are changing. As […]