CBF and hundreds of our oyster program volunteers have worked diligently over the years to protect and restore oysters in the Chesapeake
Bay by raising and planting oysters and building and deploying reef
balls. Through our active oyster restoration program, we engage citizen volunteers, decision makers, government agencies, universities,
and corporate and environmental partners. Oysters are an important
species in the Bay because they filter algae, sediment, and other pollutants from the water. And, their reefs provide habitat for fish, crabs,
and other Bay organisms.
u To learn more or to get involved in our oyster restoration programs, visit
cbf.org/oysters, cbf.org/marylandoysters, or cbf.org/virginiaoysters.
Maryland’s oyster gardening program gives people the opportunity
to help by growing oysters at their docks until ready for planting.
Setting tanks at the Oyster Restoration Center in
Shady Side, Maryland, are used to grow baby oysters, or spat.
Meet the staff of the Maryland Oyster Restoration Program:
Carmera, Michelle, Pat, Karl, Dan, and Travis.
Volunteers build igloo-shaped concrete reef balls to provide three-
dimentional homes for oysters and habitat for other marine life.
The Patricia Campbell, CBF’s Maryland oyster-planting vessel, can
plant reef material and oysters with pin-point accuracy.
The Save Oyster Shells recycling program encourages citizens and
restaurants to give back empty shells to be used for oyster habitat.
CBF Makes Oysters Happen