When I was nine,
my older sister
went on a school
field trip to CBF’s
she returned invigorated by how
interesting and educational it was.
It made me want to get involved.
My family and I decided that oyster
gardening was the best thing a nine-year-old could do to “Save the Bay.”
Since then, I have been raising oysters
and returning them to sanctuary
reefs. Oysters are important filter
feeders and provide necessary habitat
for a plethora of other species. The
spat (baby oysters) raised by me and
other oyster gardeners are planted by
CBF’s Patricia Campbell. This oyster
restoration vessel uses a conveyor belt
and GPS positioning to place the baby
oysters onto protected reefs.
When oysters filter the water, more
sunlight can penetrate down to the
Bay grasses. Healthy Bay grasses
provide shelter for molting crabs and
other creatures that depend on the
grass for defense.
With the hard work of CBF and
countless volunteers, hopefully
the oyster populations will rise and
create a cleaner, healthier Bay for all
CBF Oyster Gardener, Maryland
PHOTO B Y ANN AT TANASIO
CBF’s Patricia Campbell is the
most advanced oyster restoration
vessel on the Bay, delivering baby
oysters to vital sanctuary reefs like
this one near Tilghman Island on
Maryland’s Eastern Shore.
PHOTO B Y ERIKA NORTEMANN