The Chesapeake 10 Billion Oysters Partnership is a multi-year effort designed to spark governmental action, public attention, and funding to accelerate ongoing oyster restoration efforts in the Chesapeake Bay. The ambitious goal of this collaborative effort is to add 10 billion new oysters by 2025 in Virginia and Maryland waters.
WHAT ARE THE KEY COMPONENTS OF THE CHESAPEAKE 10 BILLION OYSTERS PARTNERSHIP?
Restoring Oysters in Sanctuaries
Improving Science-Based Fishery Management
Increasing Oyster Aquaculture
The project is starting up in Maryland and stretches 200 miles down the coastline, affecting our waterways in Virginia Beach.
Chris Ludford, owner of Pleasure House Oysters, showed us his oyster farming operation.
Other Virginia partners in the new effort are Chessie Seafood, the Elizabeth River Project, Pleasure House Oysters and Virginia Wesleyan University.
National partners include Restore America’s Estuaries, Building Conservation Trust and the National Aquarium. Among the scientific advisers are the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science, the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center and the Virginia Institute of Marine Science.