The water in the Chesapeake Bay is used for recreational purposes for the residents in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed. It is also an important resource for the various plants and organisms that live in the area.
The Oyster population that has been declining is an integral part of the Chesapeake Bay system because they help filter the water. They can filter up to 50 gallons of water per day!
Crabs are an excellent food resource as well as an important cultural icon for people of the Chesapeake Bay.