ANNAPOLIS, Md. (WJZ) — In an effort to keep the Chesapeake Bay healthy, the Maryland Office of Tourism and National Park Service is training water-based business owners on how to educate their customers on the importance of this natural resource.
Capt. Hayes with Island Chill Yacht Charters is one of the nearly 30 official Chesapeake Bay Storytellers.READ MORE: Twin Water Main Breaks Forces More Than A Dozen West Baltimore Resident From Homes
“What we do is we fold all the information into what the natural experience is,” said Hayes.
So while you’re out relaxing, paddle boarding or just cruising around you get small tidbits of interesting information.
Matthew Scales with the Office of Tourism said these storytellers live and breath the Chesapeake Bay, running fishing charters, lighthouse tours, even kayak excursions.READ MORE: 19-Year-Old Woman Charged After Allegedly Abandoning Newborn Baby In Glen Burnie
“This is their livelihood and we want to make sure this bay is here for years to come,” explained Scales
Charter guest Sandra Solomon enjoyed the mixture of education and R&R. “It was casual, it’s relaxing and it’s informative,” she said.
For Capt. Hayes, it’s about preserving the environment and his way of life.
“It’s absolutely essential if we’re going to keep this resource going to understand it and to maintain it,” said Hayes.MORE NEWS: Aunt Charged In Death Of 2 Children Whose Bodies Were Found During Essex Traffic Stop
For more information, visit: visitmaryland.org.