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Uploaded on Oct 13, 2011
In Maryland and around the Chesapeake Bay, crabbing is a favorite family recreational past-time. Learn how to make your crab pots safe for terrapins by installing a Bycatch Reduction Device.
The National Aquarium is committed to conservation and has been leading conservation initiatives in the Chesapeake Bay area for 30 years.
One such initiative is Terrapins in the Classroom, a program that brings students closer to the Bay by putting diamondback terrapins in their classrooms. Hatchling terrapins are collected from Poplar Island as a part of an on-going study in conjuction with Ohio University and distributed to 30 schools in Maryland. Participating schools are then responsible for collecting and recording growth data, observing behaviors, learning care and husbandry protocols, and researching the natural history of Maryland's State reptile. In the spring, students and teachers release all of the diamondback terrapins on Poplar Island.