Chesapeake Requiem post

The author Earl swift writes about a crabbing community inside the Chesapeake Bay that is facing problems of rising sea levels. Tangier Island, Virginia is the crabbing community he was writing about. The Tangier community’s fishing is so unique chief source for the famous Chesapeake Bay blue crab which has made Tangier Island the soft-shell crab capital of the world. In Part two, Swift talks about how the fisher man determine the size of the crabs they catch to make some of the current policies around the Bay to protect from misusage and overfishing of crabs. He also writes about all the places you can catch crabs, and which are the hottest places to catch crab out of all the places to catch them. Swift towards the end of part two talks about how the weather can affect the effectiveness of catching crabs which in result creates problems financially sometimes on the fisherman since they work in a very competitive market.

In part four, While Swift was living among the islanders he found out that about the politics and religion that inhabit the island. Many of the islanders are people who believe in Trump’s political idea’s and are very supportive of him. Religion is very important to the islanders because of the graves of their ancestors are being sprung open by rising tides, and the deeply religious islanders believe this means the end times upon them. Swift also talks about the drug problems that plague the island which makes it similar to other places across the rest U.S.. Towards the end talks about what it is like when visiting the island.

In Part five Earl centers it around oysters, finances in the community, and preparation for when going out fishing for crabs. When Swift talks about the oyster’s he talks about the tastes and their harvest for them. Swift also tells the saddening story of Jason and Ed Charnock out on their boat. It demonstrates need of equipment in case of emergencies when out on the water. In the end Swift shares his experience over the past two years living among Tangier’s fishermen, who mostly fish for their famous crabs and oysters.

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