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  Jay considers himself to be extremely fortunate to have found a livelihood that both satisfies his creativity and simultaneously supports his beliefs in ecological conservation. Jay spent the summers of 2011 and 2012 in Yellowstone National Park working to preserve the park’s dwindling population of native Cutthroat trout.  Jay’s photographs of these threatened Cutthroat Trout appeared in a publication by National Geographic that was designed to inform the public of the increasing threat of invasive species on native ones. Currently, a little closer to home, Jay has turned his attention towards the Chesapeake Bay and the industry that is directly dependent upon it—the seafood industry. Jay has spent the past two years actively documenting all aspects of this fascinating and diminishing way of life. From underwater shots of oyster divers, to crabs shedding their shells, to incredibly poignant portraits of workers in a crab picking house, to watermen in their deadrise boats leaving the dock before sunrise, Jay hopes to illustrate the full spectrum of the seafood industry in his first book, “Working the Water.”