The Incredible Oyster Reef

Most of us who love the Chesapeake Bay know that oysters once existed in storied numbers in an earlier time, long before poor water quality, disease, and harvesting nearly put an end to them. This film explores oysters as a keystone species with a remarkable, and it seems, indispensable ability to heal the Bay’s troubled waters.

 

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  • Eastern Oysters

    Chesapeake Bay oysters are rebounding due to restoration efforts and harvesting restrictions.

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Podcasts & Videos

  • Chillin’ in the Water as They’re Filter Feedin’

    Check out CBF's Virginia Oyster Restoration Manager, Jackie Shannon, performing her original Oyster Rap!

  • A Badge of Courage

    In this episode, CBF President Will Baker sits down with DC Water General Manager and innovative environmentalist George Hawkins to discuss some of the biggest innovative green power and infrastructure projects you've never heard of.

  • My Pet Oysters

    In this episode, CBF President Will Baker interviews CBF's youngest official oyster gardener, Graham Mitchell, about the oysters he is raising and the good they will do for the Chesapeake Bay.

  • Rock On, Girls!

    In this episode, CBF President Will Baker talks with Hannah Herron and Taegan Duncan, two student leaders who participated in CBF's "50 Forward" summer experience.

  • The Snowball Effect

    In this episode, CBF President Will Baker talks with 90-year-old volunteer Walter Zadan about his valuable work supporting oyster restoration.

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Decades of Success: The 1970s

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