Your Oysters In Maryland's Restoration
Community-based oyster restoration programs are one important element in widespread efforts to restore populations devastated by overfishing, habitat destruction, land runoff, pollution, and oyster disease. While disease continues to pose major problems to oyster survival, scientific research on disease management and developing disease-resistant oyster stocks hold promise for future restoration programs.
The Chesapeake Bay was once home to the most bountiful oyster stocks in North America. While that bounty will not be restored quickly, the new restoration efforts on the part of citizens, private organizations and public agencies represent a commitment to a resource that was once thought to be unrecoverable.
As an oyster gardener, you will be doing your part for Maryland's oyster restoration effort. Each year, you will receive 2,000 to 4,000 hatchery-reared seed oysters. After a year's growth, the Chesapeake Bay Foundation will collect the oysters, and they will be planted on prepared sanctuary sites. Those oysters should eventually serve as broodstock for new generations of oysters. In this way, the oysters that you rear year after year will help contribute to sustainable oyster populations in the Chesapeake Bay ecosystem.
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