Oyster Recovery Partnership Celebrates 20th Anniversary
Updated: Monday, June 30 2014, 06:41 PM EDT
In 1994 Maryland scientists, watermen and businesses vowed to work together to respond to a critical decline in Chesapeake Bay Oysters. Now the 'Oyster Recovery Partnership' is preparing to celebrate its 20th anniversary on Wednesday, the largest oyster restoration project underway along the east coast.
The Oyster Recovery Partnership's sole mission is to rebuild the oyster population. Part of the restoration project includes taking oyster shells from nearly 250 seafood restaurants and dumping them into the bay to re-build a marine habitat. So far they have planted 5 billion oysters: over 1,700 acres.
Bringing back oysters not only helps the seafood economy but the quality of the Chesapeake Bay, as oysters can filter up to fifty gallons a day every day. While there has been progress, there is still a way to go.