Dead Zone (image) Virginia Institute of Marine Science Caption Data from VIMS' ChesMMAP survey illustrate the large dead zone that developed in Chesapeake Bay in the late summer of 2003. Dead zone in red in relation to fish catches (green circles). Credit Image courtesy Debra Gauthier/VIMS. Usage Restrictions One-time use only. Disclaimer: AAAS and EurekAlert! are not responsible for the accuracy of news releases posted to EurekAlert! by contributing institutions or for the use of any information through the EurekAlert system.