CBF Calls for Legislation to Boost Natural Filters During Maryland General Assembly Session
February 9, 2023
The Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF) will be advocating for five priority bills designed to bolster the Bay’s natural filters and improve water quality during the 2023 Maryland General Assembly session.
Virginia Bill Advances for Tax Credit to Restaurants Supporting Oyster Restoration
January 17, 2023
Restaurants and other businesses that recycle oyster shells to restore oyster populations would receive a tax credit under legislation that passed a Virginia Senate committee today.
Chesapeake Oyster Alliance Awards Grants for 13 Innovative Oyster Projects
January 9, 2023
The Chesapeake Oyster Alliance (COA) in partnership with Chesapeake Bay Trust is proud to announce over $115,000 in new grants were recently awarded to 13 different oyster-related businesses and organizations to enhance efforts to add more oysters to the Bay.
CBF and SERC Announce New Oyster Restoration Partnership
November 14, 2022
Today, the Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF) and Smithsonian Environmental Research Center (SERC) are proud to announce a new partnership centered on oyster restoration.
CBF Applauds Fiscal 2023 Funding for Marine Species Restoration and Environmental Education
June 28, 2022
CBF thanked the House Appropriations Committee for approving two fiscal year 2023 spending bills that contain encouraging funding levels for restoring marine species vital to the Bay region’s economy and educating young people about the Bay and its tributaries.
Four Faces of the Oyster Industry
June 16, 2022
From oyster farmers to oyster shuckers, we asked four different key figures in the industry about their journeys toward saving the Chesapeake Bay's beloved bivalve.
Norfolk’s Lafayette River Holds Hundreds of Oysters per Square Meter
March 3, 2022
Restoration reefs built in Norfolk’s Lafayette River are thriving beyond expectations, with hundreds of oysters found growing per square meter during a recent survey by CBF.
CBF Applauds House Committee Vote to Advance Bipartisan SEEE Act
February 16, 2022
CBF applauded the House Natural Resources Committee’s approval today of bipartisan legislation to reauthorize and boost funding for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Chesapeake Bay Office and expand environmental education about the Bay.
CBF Fisheries Scientist Testifies Before Congress on Bay Science and Habitat Restoration Bills
January 20, 2022
CBF fisheries scientist Allison Colden testified in Congress today in favor of legislation to protect coastal habitats and expand scientific research and education in the Bay watershed. Colden appeared before the House Natural Resource Committee’s Waters, Oceans, and Wildlife Subcommittee to discuss two bills critical to restoring the Bay and its tributaries and bolstering the region’s resiliency to climate change.
Chesapeake Bay Trust Issues Chesapeake Oyster Innovation Awards
December 21, 2021
The Chesapeake Bay Trust, in partnership with the Chesapeake Oyster Alliance, is pleased to announce the approval of 13 grants in Maryland and Virginia for the Chesapeake Oyster Innovation Awards, a program supported by CBF.
Virginia Completes Major Oyster Restoration Projects
November 30, 2021
Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam today announced the completion of major oyster restoration projects on Virginia’s Piankatank and Great Wicomico rivers, totaling more than 150 acres of oyster habitat combined.
Partners Introduce Oyster Spat to New Solar-Powered Aquaculture System in Baltimore
October 21, 2021
Staff from CBF and Solar Oysters loaded about 300,000 spat-on-shell oysters onto a new automated aquaculture platform in the Baltimore Harbor. The platform uses solar power to rotate large oyster cages filled with young oysters to clean the bivalves and help them grow over time.
Prizes Announced for Rod and Reef Slam Fishing Tournament That Starts Oct. 9
October 5, 2021
Anglers who catch the most different species of fish in the unique Rod and Reef Slam Fishing Tournament can win a grand prize worth up to $1,400 in Under Armour fishing apparel and All Tackle gift certificates while division winners receive other exciting prizes.
Virginia Efforts Plant 3.5 Million Oysters This Season from the Northern Neck to the Eastern Shore
September 7, 2021
CBF's Virginia Oyster Team is completing its 2021 oyster restoration season today after raising about 3.5 million new oysters on innovative oyster barges docked at the Brock Environmental Center in Virginia Beach. The barges produced a CBF Virginia record high spat set this year.
Rod and Reef Slam Fishing Tournament Returns This October in Maryland
September 1, 2021
The Rod and Reef Slam Fishing Tournament returns for its fourth year in Maryland waters this fall from Oct. 9 to Oct. 17. The contest is designed to highlight the diversity of fish that surround oyster reefs. To do that, anglers will fish in areas where oyster reefs have been restored in Maryland.
Partnership Adds 78 Oyster Reef Balls off Coast of Chesapeake Beach, Maryland
July 29, 2021
CBF staff and project partners added 78 reef balls to the Maryland Artificial Reef Initiative site located in the Herring Bay oyster sanctuary. The oyster reef balls were placed about two miles offshore in a sanctuary protected from oyster harvesting.
CBF Praises House Passage of Legislation to Fund Priority Programs Next Year
July 29, 2021
CBF praised today’s passage by the U.S. House of Representatives of fiscal year 2022 spending bills that include promising budget numbers for EPA’s Chesapeake Bay Program, a new Interior Department program to restore habitat in the Bay watershed, and Army Corps of Engineers oyster restoration work.
CBF Cheers House Committee Push to Increase Oyster Restoration Funds in Fiscal 2022
July 16, 2021
The Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF) welcomed the House Appropriations Committee’s approval today, 33-24 of a fiscal year 2022 budget for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers that would explicitly dedicate funds next year to on-going large-scale oyster restoration work in Maryland and Virginia.
CBF Encouraged by Proposed Fiscal 2022 Funding Boost to NOAA Education and Habitat Restoration Programs
July 16, 2021
CBF applauded the House Appropriations Committee for voting 33-26 today to approve a fiscal year 2022 budget for NOAA that includes encouraging funding increases for watershed education and oyster restoration programs.
CBF Statement on 2021 Maryland Oyster Stock Assessment Update
June 9, 2021
The Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) presented preliminary information Tuesday evening from the 2021 oyster stock assessment update indicating the market-size oyster population in Maryland rose slightly, while spat estimates increased to the highest level in the previous 20 years.
A Lost River Restored
March 14, 2021
The Eastern Branch of Hampton Roads' Elizabeth River, sometimes called the “lost branch,” is the second tributary in Virginia to reach its oyster restoration milestones.
Hampton Restaurant Recycles Record Number of Oyster Shells
November 24, 2020
Fuller’s Raw Bar in Hampton has recycled approximately 390,000 oyster shells since the beginning of 2019, a record for the CBF's Virginia Oyster Restoration Program.
CBF Statement on Virginia Oyster Restoration Progress
November 20, 2020
Yesterday Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam celebrated the Commonwealth’s approval of $10 million in bond financing for oyster reef restoration in Virginia waters and praised the completion of oyster reef habitat construction in the Eastern Branch of the Elizabeth River.
Advocates for Herring Bay and Chesapeake Bay Foundation Plant about 200,000 Oysters at Sanctuary Reef in Southern Anne Arundel County
November 9, 2020
Inspired by successful efforts in neighboring waters, the Advocates for Herring Bay began restoring the historic Herring Bay Oyster Sanctuary in 2019 with a goal of planting 1 million spat—juvenile oysters—in the sanctuary by the end of 2021.
Virginia Budgets Largely Preserve Clean Water Investments
October 6, 2020
After floor votes on the budget by the Virginia Senate and House of Delegates late last week, legislators in Virginia’s General Assembly are on track to largely preserve investment in clean water programs and Chesapeake Bay restoration.
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