A Comparison Between the Ecology of the Chesapeake Bay and Peru

The Chesapeake Bay is a specific environment that can (could) sustain a plentiful bounty of oysters, fish, and crabs. With the average depth of this estuary being 21 feet and including six different surrounding states, the bay is influenced by many factors. Nutrient runoff, over harvesting, and many other practices that are detrimental to our bay can hurt our access to the abundance of our resources that we demand so heavily.

Instead of a bay surrounding the country of Peru, the Pacific Ocean acts as a perimeter of the country. The ocean has the capability to cycle and disperse pollutants. The Humboldt Current enables nutrient rich water to flow along the coast of Peru bringing many diverse species including the Anchoveta, fur seals, and Humboldt penguins.

The Chesapeake Bay and Peru are similar in the fact that because both of the ecosystems are unique and specific, humans have access to the specific animals (resources) in the area. In the Chesapeake Bay, oysters were once plentiful, and still continue to be in high demand. In Peru, the CSA is pushing for the anchoveta to become an important food in high demand. Although the bay is more susceptible to detrimental problems than the Pacific Ocean, it is important to keep both healthy so that humans continue to have access to the resources from each.

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