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HERE'S HOW IT USED TO BE

In 1884 the high harvest for oysters was 15 million bushels. In 2010 the annual harvest amount was 185,245 bushels. Since 1994, the Chesapeake Bay oyster population has languished at 1% of historic levels.

Today – 1 oyster per square yard
1800’s – 100 oysters per square yard

The Chesapeake Bay was once world famous for its incredible supply of oysters, so numerous they were a navigational hazard . H.L. Mencken described the Bay as, “An immense protein factory.” The key role of the oyster in the ecosystem of the Bay, however, is not as a food source but as a filter for sediment and pollutants in the water. Oyster reefs also provide vital habitats for hundreds of other species. If we don’t take action now to rehabilitate oyster populations, the long-term effects to the ecosystem of the Chesapeake Bay could be catastrophic.

RESTORING THE CHESAPEAKE BAY

Chesapeake Bay oysters have the amazing ability to clean the Bay and restore ecosystem health yet they depend on human collaboration through pollution reduction. This video was created by the daughter of one of our oyster growers and features Chris Judy, Director of the Shellfish Division for the Maryland Department of Natural Resources. Watch The Full Video

WHAT’S NEW WITH THE REEF


2019 Oyster Pick-up Recap

The 2019 Oyster Pick Up was held on Friday, May 31. All 68 of our volunteers met at founding sponsor's, Eglseder Wealth Management Group Inc., office on Commerce Drive in Easton to sign in, get their pre-printed routes and some coffee and donuts. Once they had “fueled...
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OYSTER CAGE MAINTENANCE


1 Week until Pick-up: Cage Maintenance 5-20-19 to 5-29-19

Only ONE more week until the Oyster Pick-up! There was a good deal of fouling growth on my cages this past week. Here is what I did: Actively dunk each cage up and down in the water to remove accumulated silt and sediment.Leave the cages on the dock for about 90...
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