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Filter-feeding oysters and their reefs can improve water quality and provide habitat for invertebrates and fish. These native bivalves are an iconic Chesapeake Bay species that has been decimated by pollution, disease and historic overharvesting. Restoring and protecting oyster reefs in Bay tributaries would reestablish the species and provide important ecosystem services to the Bay.


Oyster Continually increase finfish and shellfish habitat and water quality benefits from restored oyster populations. Restore native oyster habitat and populations in 10 tributaries by 2025 and ensure their protection.

Lead Goal Implementation Team(s)

Sustainable Fisheries Goal Implementation Team (GIT 1)

Lead Workgroup

Maryland and Virginia Oyster Restoration Interagency Teams

Partner Goal Implementation Team(s)

Habitat Goal Implementation Team (GIT 2)
Water Quality Goal Implementation Team (GIT 3)
Maintain Healthy Watersheds Goal Implementation Team (GIT 4)

Participating Partners

State of Maryland
Commonwealth of Virginia
Chesapeake Bay Commission
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE)
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS)

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December Sustainable Fisheries Full GIT Meeting

December 6, 2016
9:00 am - 4:00 pm


December 6th - Chesapeake Bay Foundation Philip Merrill Environmental Center, 6 Herndon Ave, Annapolis, MD 21403
December 7th - Chesapeake Bay Program’s Joe Macknis Memorial Conference Room “Fish Shack” (green building), 410 Severn Avenue, Annapolis, MD 21401

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Biannual meeting of the full Sustainable Fisheries Goal Implementation Team membership.

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