Restoring the "Coral Reefs" of the Chesapeake
This slideshow tells the story of the Chesapeake Bay oyster reefs as experienced by English colonists four hundred years ago. Huge reefs that grew up from the bottom, shell built upon shell over thousands of years. These structures placed the oysters high in the water column where dissolved oxygen was plentiful and currents brought plentiful food. Each year we learn more about how to restore these essential elements in the Chesapeake ecosystem. The presentation closes with suggestions for how to get involved in oyster restoration and how to incorporate restoration reefs into your angling season.
Recreating the Chesapeake's Oyster Reefs
Around the Bay, in places like Virginia's Lafayette River and Maryland's Harris Creek, CBF and our partners are working to reestablish critical oyster reefs. A key element of this effort is placing large concrete reef balls, on which baby oyster "spat" are set, into areas designated as oyster sanctuaries.
On May 6, 2014, the Chesapeake Bay Foundation organized an expedition to investigate the Somerset Oyster Sanctuary restoration site in Tangier Sound, one of three sites designated by the Maryland General Assembly. What researchers discovered about the value of reef balls for oyster restoration was remarkable.
Capts. Karl Willey and Dan Johannes smiled when they saw the sonar images. After all, they had planted most of those oysters. Their reef hosts a huge variety of critters, including anemones, marine worms, sponges, small crustaceans, and tiny fish. All which attract a variety of predators.
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CHESAPEAKE CLEAN WATER BLUEPRINT
This first-ever analysis released by the Chesapeake Bay Foundation finds that the economic benefits provided by nature in the Chesapeake Bay watershed will total $130 billion annually when the Chesapeake Clean Water Blueprint is fully implemented.
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CHESAPEAKE CLEAN WATER BLUEPRINT
In the summer 2014 issue of Fly Rod & Reel Magazine, noted outdoor writer, Ted Williams, gives an excellent overview of the current efforts by the American Farm Bureau, 20 states' attorneys general, and others to stop the clean up of the Chesapeake Bay. Read More
Find out more about The Chesapeake Clean Water Blueprint
IMAGE CREDITS: (from top)The Pew Charitable Trusts, iStock, Jay Fleming/iLCP, The Herring Alliance, VIMS, iStock, Kevin Moore
Careful anglers think about the fish they keep and the fish they release. Angling is a recreational activity done for fun and sport. One key to maintaining healthy fish populations is making sure angling is done carefully, legally, and in a way that helps them thrive.
A little TFC (tender fish-handling care) goes a long way toward preserving all species for future anglers. In this Angler's Almanac article, John Page Williams urges, "Let's Be Careful Out There."
One key to careful angling is planning ahead. Before putting a line in the water, decide what you will keep for trophy or dinner. Have all the tools and tackle necessary for properly releasing fish.
Catch-and-release fishing can be an effective way to conserve fish if certain precautions are taken. Check out these tips and tools.
As recreational anglers, we know about tides and currents, bottom characteristics, and the best conditions of both for catching fish. We also know that pollution, loss of habitat, and overfishing reduce the numbers and health of the fish in our waterways. Show your stewardship of our waterways and fisheries-take the Anglers' Pledge.
Photo credits: (from top) Krista Schlyer/iLCP, CBF Staff, Octavio Aburto/iLCP, Karin Aigner/iLCP
What causes water pollution? What does water pollution cause? From polluted runoff from land to dead zones and algal blooms in our waters, everything has consequences. Learn more
They are the little fish that big fish eat and they are facing their own challenges. Learn More
To Come Habitat lost. Habitat restored. Take a look at how land use is compromising marine habitat and how efforts such as oyster restoration are bringing habitat back.
To Come Is it all bad news or are we making strides with the Clean Water Blueprint?
To Come Water quality impacts both marine life and human life. What health issues do we all face and what can we do about them?
Photo credits: (from top) CBF Staff, CBF Staff, ©Michael Eversmier, ©Karine Aigner/iLCP, Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission/C. Yamashita
Find out what other issues are affecting the health of the Bay.