The Chesapeake Bay contains over 11,684 miles of shoreline and 4,479 square miles of surface area. It is a vibrant natural resource providing crucial habitat for fish, shellfish, and wildlife, and abundant economic benefit for the region. Since 2011, several Area Committees within the Fifth Coast Guard District (Virginia and Coastal Maryland Area Committee and Upper Chesapeake Estuary Area Committee) have developed Geographic Response Plans for their respective Area Contingency Plans (ACPs) encompassing the bay and its tributaries.

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