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

  • Oyster Farming in the Bay

    Oyster farming—the practice of cultivating oysters for food—is a growing part of Maryland and Virginia's economy.

  • Farming Oysters with an Adjustable Longline

    Alex Lambert of Lambert Shellfish demonstrates the adjustable longline technique used in oyster aquaculture.

  • The Value of Oyster Aquaculture in Maryland

    Oyster aquaculture is not only helping the economy throughout the Bay region, it's also helping save the Bay. Learn how Maryland's oyster aquaculture industry has grown and its impact on the Bay and the economy from CBF's Maryland Fisheries Scientist, Allison Colden.

  • Ask an Expert: Why are Oysters Important for the Chesapeake Bay?

    Why is an oyster hard to shuck? How do young oysters choose their homes? What happens when an oyster filters water? CBF’s Maryland Fisheries Scientist Allison Colden gets up close and personal with the Bay’s famous bivalve.

  • 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.

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