Reef Balls: Recreating Chesapeake Bay Oyster Reefs

Around the Bay, in places like Virginia's Lafayette River and Maryland's Harris Creek, CBF and our partners are working to reestablish critical oyster reefs. A key element of this effort is placing large concrete reef balls, on which baby oyster "spat" are set, into areas designated as oyster sanctuaries.

On May 6, 2014, the Chesapeake Bay Foundation organized an expedition to investigate the Somerset Oyster Sanctuary restoration site in Tangier Sound, one of three sites designated by the Maryland General Assembly. What researchers discovered about the value of reef balls for oyster restoration was remarkable. Check out the video below!

Find out more about CBF's oyster restoration efforts in Maryland and Virginia.

If you would like to support CBF's oyster restoration efforts your donation will be matched by Orvis. Make your donation here.

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