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Welcome to Delaware’s Inland Bays

The Rehoboth, Indian River, and Little Assawoman Bays, lie just behind a narrow spit of land in sight of the Atlantic Ocean. OUR MISSION is to preserve, protect and restore Delaware’s Inland Bays and their watershed.

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DE Center for the Inland Bays
DE Center for the Inland Bays
The Center is working with DNREC today to recover widgeon grass from an algae harvest of the South Bethany canals. Widgeon grass is a beneficial underwater baygrass that will be relocated in hopes of jump starting its restoration in the Bays. More baygrass - more fish and crabs!

📸Pictured are Mike Bott (DNREC Scientist), Dr. Marianne Walch (CIB Science Coordinator), Neil Keller & Emilee Milton (CIB Interns) and Chris Bason (CIB Director).
DE Center for the Inland Bays
DE Center for the Inland Bays
Delaware's Inland Bays are incredibly shallow, with average depths ranging from 3-8 feet! While these shallow bays provide ideal habitat for many young aquatic creatures, they can make boating navigation difficult.

DNREC's Shoreline & Waterway Management Section has urged boaters to be extra vigilant while navigating Baker’s Channel this summer, as low tide will leave only about 1.5 feet of water for boaters to navigate.

Baker's channel extends from Rehoboth Bay to Indian River Bay around the eastern side of the island known as Lynch’s Thicket. The entrance to Baker’s Channel in Rehoboth Bay between Channel Marker 1 and the gate at Markers 3 and 4 is very shallow at low tide. This portion of Baker’s Channel is scheduled to be dredged later this year as part of the Massey’s Ditch maintenance dredging project.

Use caution while out on the bays enjoying this gorgeous day
DE Center for the Inland Bays
DE Center for the Inland Bays
"It's part of that natural system," Bott said. "You can't fight it."

When higher levels of bacteria are detected, it generally does not pose a problem for most healthy people ...but high levels can cause gastrointestinal distress if ingested by sensitive groups like the young, old and ill.
DE Center for the Inland Bays
DE Center for the Inland Bays
"The Center’s 2016 State of the Delaware Inland Bays reported that inputs of nitrogen and phosphorus pollution to the Indian River and Bay consistently far exceed healthy limits." '
~ Inland Bays Journal (Summer 2019), page 4
DE Center for the Inland Bays
DE Center for the Inland Bays
This widgeon grass patch in #SouthBethanyDE is loaded with juvenile fish! 🐟

Widgeon grass is a species of Submerged Aquatic Vegetation: a critical habitat within the Inland Bays! The water quality standards established for our Bays were designed to reach levels that SAV could grow in.

SAV beds like this are currently rare in our Bays, but it is an encouraging sign to see one!
DE Center for the Inland Bays
DE Center for the Inland Bays
DE Center for the Inland Bays
Triggerfish should be showing up in our waters any day now!
These beautiful, curious fish get their name from the spines on the dorsal (back) fins that can be used as a predator defense and for anchoring.

Anglers get your fishing poles because these sustainably managed fish are delicioussssss!!!! 😋 🐟
DE Center for the Inland Bays


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