Great Barracuda - Sphyraena barracuda

Great Barracuda - Sphyraena barracuda

October 15, 2010

Oyster Restoration

Photo credit: Steve Early

Chesapeake Bay is an enormous body of water, with a huge watershed. For generations, it has supported the lives and industries of oystermen and fishermen - both sport and commercial.
The Bay has suffered greatly as a result of decades of pollution and over-harvesting. The oysters formed large reefs that were the foundation of complex ecosystems. The reefs not only filtered pollutants out of the incoming and outgoing water, but they also provided habitat for native plants and animals. The reefs are now largely gone.
However, restoration programs have taken a firm footing, and folks are now acutely aware that restoration of the oysters is key to restoration of the Bay. And, it can recover...
Here are some links to Bay programs, and one where you can 'adopt' a reef!

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