Just this week, Baltimore’s WJZ-TV channel 13 did a wonderful story on the recovery efforts that the Oyster Reef Recovery Initiative, the Marylander’s Grow Oysters Program, and the Oyster Recovery Partnership are working towards.

Below is the story that ran along with the link to a written story that accompanies the video:


Community Effort To Grow Oyster Gardens & Heal The Bay Continues To Spread

EASTON, Md. (WJZ) —  It’s a shell game with an awful lot riding on it: restore enough oysters and improve the Chesapeake Bay’s waters.

Alex DeMetrick reports it’s an ongoing effort with big players and small

About $300 million is being spent to rebuild healthy oyster reefs in Maryland waters. Old shells carrying baby oysters raised in a state lab are scattered into protected sanctuaries.

“We’re almost to a billion oysters and that’s a record-breaking year for us,” said Heather Epkins, Oyster Recovery Partnership.

But far smaller efforts are also gaining momentum. Marylanders are growing them off their docks.

“Every oyster really matters to the Chesapeake Bay so any effort, no matter how small, is an effort to change the bay,” Epkins said…Read More