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2018 Year in Review

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Advancing Oyster Restoration and Aquaculture

In both Virginia and Maryland, Crassostrea virginica is making a promising, but fragile, recovery. Sustaining that progress has been challenging for CBF's oyster restoration and policy team. To help bring back the Bay's oyster populations, CBF formed the Chesapeake Oyster Alliance—a large, varied group of partners reaching together for the ambitious but achievable goal of planting 10 billion new oysters in the Bay by 2025. It's clear that full restoration of the Chesapeake ecosystem must include the rebuilding of widespread three-dimensional oyster reefs and the advancement of the Bay's aquaculture industry.

The Nature Conservancy deeply appreciates CBF's assistance lobbying successfully for $750,000 in oyster restoration funding for the Virginia Marine Resources Commission.

– Nikki Rovner, Associate State Director, The Nature Conservancy

In Maryland, CBF Fisheries Scientist Dr. Allison Colden has advocated knowledgably as an Oyster Advisory Commissioner for continued restoration of sanctuary reefs and a strong aquaculture industry. In the General Assembly, Colden and Oyster Alliance partners successfully pressed for legislation protecting sanctuaries from harvest pending the state's first-ever oyster stock assessment. And, this year, CBF's Maryland Oyster Team, aboard our 60-foot restoration vessel Patricia Campbell, placed 27 million baby oysters, 144 concrete reef balls, and 632,000 volunteer-grown adult oysters on sanctuary reefs.

In Virginia this year, CBF Senior Ecosystem Scientist Chris Moore and partners, including The Nature Conservancy, lobbied successfully for $750,000 in restoration funding for the Virginia Marine Resources Commission.

This October, CBF's Virginia Oyster Team and the Elizabeth River Project celebrated completion of oyster restoration goals in Norfolk's urban Lafayette River. There, using CBF's Patricia Campbell and Chesapeake Gold boats, partners planted 5.2 million spat-on-shell, 500 reef balls, and 65,620 volunteer-grown oysters onto reefs built by the Virginia Marine Resources Commission.

Partnering with Lynnhaven River NOW, CBF's next restoration target in Virginia is the Lynnhaven River, which includes reefs near CBF's Brock Environmental Center.

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Blogs

  • A Sustainability Sham

    December 21, 2018

    A student who fails to complete all their assignments doesn't receive a passing grade. But if Omega Protein gets their way, this logic won't hold true in the world of fishery management.

  • Making History in 2018

    December 4, 2018

    Right in our own backyard, the world's greatest environmental recovery is taking place. And that is in no small part thanks to you.

  • This Week's Election

    November 8, 2018

    Many are asking what Tuesday's election will mean for the Bay. Our staff are assessing the new political landscape and the opportunities and challenges that may lie ahead.

  • A Call to Action for Hellbenders and Trees

    September 11, 2018

    There's no denying that I have a greater interest in the happenings in the Pennsylvania State House than my fellow 17 year-olds. But as a member of Pennsylvania's Student Leadership Council, I understand the value of clean water to the Commonwealth and recognize the influence the halls of government in Harrisburg have on our rivers and streams.

  • Nice Farms Creamery: Grazing Cows Since Before It Was Cool

    June 6, 2018

    “Society has moved away from agriculture, and we want to bring people closer to the farm again.”

  • In the Path of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline

    May 8, 2018

    Water is life, and clean, abundant water is our right.

  • Democracy in Action

    April 18, 2018

    When the new federal funding bill was signed into law a couple weeks ago, it wasn't an accident that it fully supported EPA's Chesapeake Bay Program—a critical piece of Chesapeake restoration.

  • Virginia Advocates Storm Capitol Hill

    March 7, 2018

    Last week, over 20 outstanding volunteers from across the Commonwealth of Virginia ditched their waders and headed to Washington, D.C. to meet with their representatives and discuss all the great projects the Chesapeake Bay Program supports in their districts.

  • MD's Forest Conservation Act Need to Be Revisited

    March 6, 2018

    Forest destruction in Maryland is a major concern of the state legislature this year and with good reason.

  • Fighting for the Future of Our Forests

    February 16, 2018

    Growing up in Maryland, the forests and woods in our communities have always been a place of fresh air, sanctuary, and play.

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