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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
Attention educators!
There are a few days left to reserve your spot for our Introduction to James Farm Preserve. Don't miss out on learning about some awesome programs for your students! Click the link to register: https://buff.ly/2MsttTk
DE Center for the Inland Bays
DE Center for the Inland Bays
Sunday Funday!!
This Inland Bay visitor was testing out his clamming skills (Of course with his fishing license handy!) The minimum size for hard clams is 1 ½ inches, and must be harvested with a hand-held rake between the hours of sunrise and sunset. Residents can not harvest more than 100 clams per day, and non-residents can not harvest more than 50 clams per day.

What are some fun things you like to do around the Bays?
DE Center for the Inland Bays
DE Center for the Inland Bays
Fishing Gear - Don’t Toss Your Line!
Whether you’re fishing, crabbing or out and about in the Bays, be sure to properly dispose of all your gear!
Improperly disposed fishing line can catch all sorts of critters and entangle them, making it impossible for them to escape. Look for a Used Fishing Line Recycling Bin after every trip. Also, if you see any abandoned line while out on the water, do the Inland Bays a favor and pick it up and dispose of it properly!
DE Center for the Inland Bays
DE Center for the Inland Bays
Recently at James Farm Ecological Preserve we spotted this juvenile Razor Clam using its foot to dig down into the sand!
The Inland Bays serve as not only a nursery for fish and horseshoe crabs, they are host to juveniles of all species including this Razor clam!
Razor Clams prefer to seek shelter in the muddy bottom of the Inland Bays by extending their ‘foot’ and dragging themselves into the sediment. Razor Clams are suspension feeders, meaning they sift small particles of food from the water and mud.
DE Center for the Inland Bays
DE Center for the Inland Bays
DE Center for the Inland Bays
Our citizen science teams are at it again!
Fish seining is a great way to get engaged with the bays and see something new! This 19 inch striper, and this 4 inch puffer fish were caught yesterday by our volunteers in Rehoboth Bay.

Interested in joining one of our citizen science teams? Apply to volunteer by clicking the link and let us know you would like to participate in a citizen science program! https://www.inlandbays.org/become-a-volunteer/
DE Center for the Inland Bays
DE Center for the Inland Bays
Hungry, hungry caterpillars!
It is that time of year where you will be seeing Monarch Caterpillars feasting on some native plants. You can do your part in supporting these critters by planting native plants in your own backyard.
These guys are particularly enjoying some Butterfly Milkweed!
Photo/video credit: Dr. Dennis Bartow
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