Reef Balls: Recreating Chesapeake Bay Oyster Reefs

Oysters Just Need to Grow Up

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.

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