Pitching in For Oysters!
Volunteering to restore the Bay’s oyster population is
for everyone, young and old. How do we know? We
have proof. In Virginia, six-year-old Graham Mitchell
(pictured above) and 90-year-old Walter Zadan
volunteer with CBF oyster restoration projects. Zadan
collects empty oyster shells from restaurants to be
used for building new oyster reefs. Through CBF
oyster gardening workshops, oyster gardeners like
Mitchell receive baby oysters growing on recycled
shells. Gardeners tend the oysters for about a year
until they are one-to-two inches and the gardeners
return the oysters to CBF for placement on protected
reefs. There the mature oysters will filter the water
and build vital habitat for innumerable species from
polychaete worms to blue crabs and cownose rays.
LEARN MORE: Listen to these oyster volunteers
discuss the valuable work they do at cbf.org/podcast-59
(Walter Zadan) and cbf.org/podcast-67 (Graham
Mitchell). Interested in learning how to become an
oyster volunteer? Visit cbf.org/oysters.
Is your community or
group interested in
learning more about
the Chesapeake Bay?
CBF’s Speakers Bureau
is the resource for you!
The Speakers Bureau is
comprised of talented
staff and volunteer speakers who can provide an
update on the latest Bay happenings, catered to the
interests of your audience. This program is provided
free of charge. Please contact the Chesapeake Bay
Foundation at email@example.com or 443/482-2035
Oyster Restoration Vessel
CRANE lifts up to t wo
tons of cages of shell or
bundles of reef balls.
GPS is mounted
on the bow for
allows for oyster
OPEN DECK provides space
for reef ball deployment or
more hoppers holding up to
1,000 bushels of baby oysters.
From its home port at Shady Side, Maryland,
CBF’s 60-foot Patricia Campbell transports and places
hatchery-produced baby oysters onto sanctuary reefs
throughout Maryland waters. Below are some of the
innovative features of this unique vessel.