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The Bay’s Green Giant

SERC scientist triples blue crab population

Tuck Hines of Smithsonian Environmental Research Center.

Chesapeake Country has a Green Giant. Tuck Hines may not be green as Kermit or big as Andre the Giant, but his work to save the Bay’s blue crab population has earned him Washingtonian Magazine’s gigantic title.
    When the Bay’s blue crab population fell to 255 million, Hines and his Smithsonian Environmental Research Center team convinced Maryland Department of Natural Resources to change harvest regulations.
    His determination paid off. Last year, the blue crab population tripled to 764 million crabs.
    Hines was one of five green-minded innovators chosen by Washingtonian Magazine for the annual Green Awards honoring people and organizations working to save natural resources and inspiring others to do the same.
    Other Green Giants were chosen for helping low-income apartment dwellers lower their energy use; convincing huge corporations — Walmart, Starbucks and McDonalds — to use green materials; teaching children green habits; and creating decking with recycled materials. Read about them at: