"Hope on the Halfshell" - Oyster Restoration Protects the Chesapeake Bay

"The Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF) has released a new report outlining how restoring the Bay’s native oyster populations could bolster climate resilience and community vitality.

The report, titled “Hope on the Half Shell: Harnessing Oysters to Build Ecological and Community Resilience,” prioritizes growing the oyster aquaculture industry, modernizing oyster harvesting, and targeting restoration in 20 additional Bay rivers.

“Oysters are the bedrock of the Chesapeake Bay ecosystem, long recognized for their ability to provide habitat and improve water quality. But their benefits to communities and the ecosystem extend far beyond that,” said CBF Maryland Executive Director Allison Colden. “Oysters are key to adapting to climate change, supporting local economies, and cleaning up waterways. You can’t overstate their importance to the Bay.”"

Sean Curtis reports for WBOC February 15, 2024.


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Source: WBOC, 02/16/2024