Oyster shells, the perfect habitat for oyster larvae, are recycled and
returned to the Bay through our Save Oyster Shells program.
Volunteer-built reef balls are placed in the water to provide
habitat for oysters and other Bay species.
Meet the staff of the Virginia Oyster Restoration Program:
Katie, Brian, Jackie, Tommy, and Heather.
Using tanks filled with shells, seawater, and oyster larvae, CBF can
produce and transplant millions of spat-on-shell (baby oysters) annually.
After volunteers have grown their baby oysters for a year, the
mature oysters are returned to CBF and placed on sanctuary reefs.
The boom-crane on CBF’s Virginia oyster-planting vessel Chesapeake
Gold transfers cages and reef balls from our oyster-setting tanks.
Deployed 2,591 reef balls 886 reef balls
(since 2008) (since 2010)
Recycled 452 bushels/year 672 bushels/year
(based on 2013 participation) (based on 2013 participation)