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The Chesapeake Bay Foundation... Restoring Oyster Beds Throughout the Chesapeake

By now most Americans have heard about the devastated oyster beds in the Chesapeake Bay. Since the beginning of the 20th century, oyster beds throughout the Bay steadily declined thanks to advances in canning techniques and harvesting technologies. But one organization is fighting back with a vengeance...the Chesapeake Bay Foundation(CBF)...restoring oyster beds throughout the Chesapeake.Oysters are a critical element of the Chesapeake Bay ecosystem

 

Restoring an oyster bed begins about a year before the oysters are actually dropped in the water. Used oyster shells are collected(PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE don't throw out your used oyster shells...they CAN be recycled), washed and placed in bins that are constantly flushed with bay water. Free-swimming oyster larvae(Spat) are collected and deposited on the recycled shells. Baby oysters are grown under piers by volunteers who watch over the youngsters.

 

While those young oysters are growing, the new reef is created using concrete chunks from old highways, cinderblocks, etc...anything that can create a hard base that keeps the oysters from being covered by silt.

 

After a year, the oysters are then dropped overboard by volunteer boats into the new reefs. Year old oysters have thicker shells that are able to withstand predators such as the venerable blue crab.Oyster reefs throughout the Chesapeake

 

Oyster beds created and guarded by the Chesapeake Bay Foundation have great growth and survival rates. And the numbers keep growing...in 2009 Maryland alone has generated over 750 Million Spat for oyster reefs. This growth is amazing considering just a decade ago that number was less than 10 Million for all Chesapeake States combined.

 

The oyster population in the Bay is not where it needs to be at all...but with the efforts of the CBF....the population has a chance...a fighting chance.

 

 

Donate to the Chesapeake Bay Foundation

  • $25 can plant five native trees as a streamside buffer.

  • $50 can grow 5,000 native oysters.
     
  • $150 can pay a teacher's tuition for a five-day professional development course.
     
  • $500 can send eight students for a day of learning in and around the Bay.
     
  • $1,000 can remove 600 pounds of trash from the Bay and its tributaries.
     
  • $2,500 can pay for seven students' tuition for a 7-day student leadership program.
     
  • $5,000 can fund 125 hours of policy advocacy at the state and federal levels.
     
  • $10,000 can fund 300 hours of scientific field research including testing water quality and evaluating the health and populations of marine and plant life within the Bay and tributary waters.
  • Mike Hogan

    Associate Broker

    RE/MAX Commonwealth

    (804)503-0811

    RVARealtor1@gmail.com

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