Billions and Billions

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A partnership among environmental and conservation organizations, state governments, oyster farmers and educational groups is aiming to increase the oyster population in Chesapeake Bay to 10 billion by 2025. An oyster can filter as much as 50 gallons of water a day, which makes them big players in the health of the Bay. Scientists say that during the 1600s, oysters filtered all of the Chesapeake in a week. Today that takes a year or more.

This article originally appeared in the May 2018 issue.



10 Billion Oysters

A single oyster can filter as much as 50 gallons of water a day, making the bivalve a critical puzzle piece in the effort to clean up Chesapeake Bay. Twenty groups, ranging from oyster farmers to research organizations, plan to boost the Chesapeake Bay’s oyster population to 10 billion by 2025, improving the Bay’s water quality in the process.


Well-deserved Kudos

Dawn Riley, the first woman to compete in both the America’s Cup and the Whitbread Round the World Race, is this year’s recipient of Mystic Seaport’s America and the Sea Award.