We’ve all heard that looks can be deceiving. And so it is with the Bay’s native oysters. Oysters don’t look like much on the
outside, but they are truly remarkable.
Oysters filter and clean the Bay and grow
into reefs that provide habitat for other
After being decimated by overfishing,
disease, and pollution, oyster numbers
dropped to one percent of historic levels. But there’s good
news. Oysters are improving—
10 years ago the harvest was
only 50,000 bushels, but last
year, it rebounded to 745,000.
Deemed a modern day Lazarus
story by The Washington Post,
restoration of the Bay’s oyster
population has been a decades-long study in collaboration. And
CBF has been a key player,
thanks to generous support
from donors like the National
Oceanic and Atmospheric
Administration (NOAA), Restore
America’s Estuaries, the National
Fish and Wildlife Foundation,
The Orvis Company, the Charles T. Bauer
Foundation, and so many others.
Our work is far from finished. And now, due
in large part to an Executive Order issued
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thousands of trees and millions of oysters
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by President Obama in 2009 and support
from Virginia and Maryland, restoration
efforts have shifted to a strategic approach
focused on restoring whole tributaries of self-sustaining reef systems. The end goal?
Restoration of oyster populations in 10 Bay
tributaries by 2025.
“It’s a new era for oyster restoration in the
Bay,” says Stephanie Westby, a scientist
with NOAA’s Restoration Center. “The fact
that we’re working to restore whole tribu-
taries is a major leap forward from our
previous reef-by-reef approach, and it
reflects an unparalleled level of collabora-
tion among federal, state, and non-
And there’s even more good news. A new
Chesapeake Bay Watershed Agreement was
signed in June, which reemphasizes large-
scale oyster restoration efforts.
CBF fully supports this approach and is working with local, state, and federal partners to
target specific tributaries, like
Harris Creek and the Little
Choptank in Maryland and the
Lafayette and Piankatank Rivers
Our cutting-edge Oyster
Restoration Centers (see pages
18-19) in both Maryland and
Virginia; the most technological-
ly advanced oyster restoration
vessel on the Bay, the R/V
Patricia Campbell; and thou-
sands of volunteers are key to
our continued success. Over the
years, CBF has planted more
than 150 million juvenile oys-
ters, 10 million adult oysters,
and over two thousand concrete
reef balls loaded with baby oysters onto sanc-
tuary oyster reefs throughout the Bay.
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A black sea bass utilizes habitat provided by reef balls covered in oyster at
the Cook’s Point Sanctuary in the Choptank River, Maryland. Black sea bass, a
reef-dependent species, have not been seen in the waters for generations.