World's largest oyster restoration in the Chesapeake Bay

2015 CEChesapeake Bay

"The Chesapeake Bay marked a major milestone in 2015 with the completion of the world’s largest oyster restoration project at Maryland’s Harris Creek . . . At 350 acres, the Harris Creek reef is bigger than the National Mall and was seeded with more than 2 billion oysters . . . As a tributary of the Choptank River, Harris Creek eventually flows into the Chesapeake Bay, where oyster populations are at a tiny fraction of their historic levels. Recognizing their value to Bay health and the economy, in 2014 the states of Maryland and Virginia— in partnership with the federal government and private industry — renewed their commitment to restoring oysters to the Bay. Harris Creek is one of five Maryland tributaries and 10 baywide targeted for restoration as part of that effort."

"Oyster Restoration," The Nature Conservancy, last updated April 10, 2023.

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