They act as nature’s filter. Oysters, helping pump life back into the Chesapeake Bay. “Three hundred other species are associated with the oysters reefs in the bay,” said Doug Myers, Maryland senior scientist for the Chesapeake Bay. But the oyster population is nowhere near what it used to be. “The bay used to contain oyster reefs that were so abundant that they were navigational hazards but we’re down to about 2%of the historic oyster abundance,” Myers said. And it shows, as the Chesapeake Bay received a D+ on the 2020 State of the Bay report.
With The Chesapeake Bay Oyster Population Faltering, A Focus On Restoration Aims To Help Change Tide Of Bay’s Overall Health
April 20, 2021