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.

 

More About Oysters

  • Eastern Oysters

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

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Podcasts & Videos

  • The Chesapeake Oyster Alliance

    Learn more about the Chesapeake Oyster Alliance's work to accelerate the Chesapeake Bay's recovery by restoring its oyster population.

  • Photo of the Week: Legacy

    Oyster shells on the Chesapeake Bay at low tide, during the golden hour, in Mathews County, VA.

  • 10 Billion Oysters for a Clean Chesapeake Bay

    In this episode, CBF President Will Baker, National Aquarium President John Racanelli, University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science President Emeritus Dr. Don Boesch, and Hoopers Island Oyster Company Founder Johnny Shockley announce a very exciting partnership to place ten billion new oysters in Chesapeake Bay by 2025.

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

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

  • 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.

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