Photo by CBF StaffVolunteers plant oysters on a reef in the Severn River. CBF's restoration vessel Patricia Campbell sits nearby. Photo by CBF Staff.

Oysters are Thriving on CBF Reefs

Let's give a warm, watery welcome to billions of new Maryland residents: oysters. That's how many baby bivalves or "spat-on-shell" have been planted on man-made Maryland oyster reefs in the past few years by the Oyster Recovery Partnership (ORP). Millions of spat have been planted in the Severn, Choptank, West, and Rhodes Rivers, as well as the Cook's Point Oyster Sanctuary.

On May 6, 2014, the Chesapeake Bay Foundation organized an expedition to investigate the Somerset Oyster Sanctuary restoration site in Tangier Sound. Researchers made a remarkable discovery.

In 2003, the Maryland Environmental Service began a novel approach to restore the Chesapeake Bay's lost oyster reef structure. Large concrete reef balls, on which baby oyster "spat" were set, were lowered into three areas designated as oyster sanctuaries by Maryland's General Assembly. This expedition investigated one of those sanctuaries. Watch the video.

You may also be interested in:
  • Oyster Gardening in the Inner Harbor CBF and the Waterfront Partnership have created The Great Baltimore Oyster Partnership as art of the Healthy Harbor Initiative to make Baltimore's Inner Harbor swimmable and fishable.
  • S.O.S. - Save Oyster Shell Donate your empty shells to CBF so we can recycle them into more oyster reefs and repopulate the Bay with more oysters.
  • Building a Future for the Chesapeake's Oysters Today, there are important new reasons for hope for the Chesapeake Bay's keystone species.
  • Great Shellfish of the Bay Now, thanks to increased awareness, extensive restoration efforts, resisting the introduction of a non-native oyster species, and favorable weather conditions, there is hope for the mighty oyster yet.
  • Spat Catcher Program Each spring, volunteers from the Lafayette River area hope to attract swimming oyster larvae to special cages suspended from piers and docks.
Questions that require an answer are marked with  *
   
* Please take a moment to provide the following information so that we may keep you updated on issues and events near you.
   
 E-Mail Address
 First Name
 Last Name
 City
 Zip Code
   
* URL
   
   
* Timestamp
   
     

You will begin to receive Bay updates from CBF soon.

In the meantime, join the Bay-friendly conversation on Facebook and Twitter!

21 States Against A Clean Chesapeake

Goal: 75,000 signers!

Holiday - Donate by December 31 and we'll match your gift dollar-for-dollar.

 

1-888-SAVEBAY / 1-888-728-3229

BBB Accredited Charity
GuideStar Exchange Gold Participant Seal

Bids & ProposalsPrivacy Policy

© 2014 Chesapeake Bay Foundation.
All Rights Reserved.

The Chesapeake Bay Foundation is a nonprofit,
tax-exempt charitable organization under
Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.
Donations are tax-deductible as allowed by law.