(Photo: WBOC)(Photo: WBOC)

SALISBURY, Md.- Many people consider the Chesapeake Bay the “Jewel of Delmarva” and the bay’s past, present, and future was on display during the Chesapeake Studies Conference at Salisbury University.

For the first Chesapeake Study Conference, experts from biology, shipbuilding, and history fields came together Thursday to discuss the importance of the bay for the region.

Bea Hardy, the Dean of Libraries at SU and organizer of the event, says the inaugural year’s theme is “Casting a Wide Net.” Hardy said, “It’s a play on the bay and the sea. But also ‘casting a wide net’ in terms of the disciplines and bringing them all together.”

Topics discussed focused on the health of the bay, the history of its ships, and the impact of climate change.

The conference included Dr. Victor Kenedy as the keynote speaker. Kenedy has over 40 years of experience studying biology and the Chesapeake Bay specifically. Dr. Kenedy said, “It’s a way for us to learn from each other, interact with each other and maybe stimulate each other’s thinking.”

Hardy said she hopes this is just the first of many more conferences to come.

The conference continues into Friday June 7.

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