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.
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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December 4, 2018
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November 8, 2018
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September 11, 2018
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June 6, 2018
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May 8, 2018
Water is life, and clean, abundant water is our right.
April 18, 2018
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March 7, 2018
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March 6, 2018
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February 16, 2018
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