Photo by CBF StaffVolunteers plant oysters on a reef in the Severn River. CBF's restoration vessel Patricia Campbell sits nearby. Photo by CBF Staff.

Oysters are Thriving on CBF Reefs

Let's give a warm, watery welcome to billions of new Maryland residents: oysters. That's how many baby bivalves or "spat-on-shell" have been planted on man-made Maryland oyster reefs in the past few years by the Oyster Recovery Partnership (ORP). Millions of spat have been planted in the Severn, Choptank, West, and Rhodes Rivers, as well as the Cook's Point Oyster Sanctuary.

On May 6, 2014, the Chesapeake Bay Foundation organized an expedition to investigate the Somerset Oyster Sanctuary restoration site in Tangier Sound. Researchers made a remarkable discovery.

In 2003, the Maryland Environmental Service began a novel approach to restore the Chesapeake Bay's lost oyster reef structure. Large concrete reef balls, on which baby oyster "spat" were set, were lowered into three areas designated as oyster sanctuaries by Maryland's General Assembly. This expedition investigated one of those sanctuaries. Watch the video.

You may also be interested in:
  • S.O.S. - Save Oyster Shell Donate your empty shells to CBF so we can recycle them into more oyster reefs and repopulate the Bay with more oysters.
  • A New Day for Oysters Maryland's Harris Creek is host to one of the largest oyster restoration projects ever undertaken in the Chesapeake Bay.
  • Great Shellfish of the Bay Now, thanks to increased awareness, extensive restoration efforts, resisting the introduction of a non-native oyster species, and favorable weather conditions, there is hope for the mighty oyster yet.
  • Oyster Gardening in the Inner Harbor CBF and the Waterfront Partnership have created The Great Baltimore Oyster Partnership as art of the Healthy Harbor Initiative to make Baltimore's Inner Harbor swimmable and fishable.
  • Virginia Oyster Restoration CBF's oyster restoration programs offer citizens the tools and information needed to help restore native oysters
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