The 2012 results of a joint effort to restore Chesapeake Bay oysters was recently released.
During the 2012 season, this coalition of partners deployed 634 million spat on shell in Maryland’s portion of Chesapeake Bay, with most of those deployed into the Harris Creek oyster sanctuary. Nearly one-third of the 360-acre goal in Harris Creek has been planted with enhanced substrate and spat on shell. In addition, portions of the Upper Bay were restocked with oysters after last year’s wide-scale mortality from excessive fresh water.
“Our record production is a direct result of the dedication and commitment of both the hatchery team and the Oyster Recovery Partnership field crew," said Hatchery Program Director Don "Mutt" Meritt. "This combined with the state-of-the-art facilities located at the Horn Point Laboratory and the beneficial water quality during the production season each contributed to a bumper crop this year.”