Why are these bivalves so important to Bay health, and how are scientists helping to restore them?

Oysters are one of the most recognizable species in the Chesapeake Bay, and one of the most important to the health of its ecosystem. Don “Mutt” Meritt from the University of Maryland explains the environmental role that oysters play and describes what scientists are doing to restore the iconic bivalve. Learn more about the Eastern Oyster in the Chesapeake Bay Program’s online Field Guide.

  • Produced by Steve Droter
  • Additional footage by University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science, Horn Point Oyster Hatchery
  • Music/Audio: "A Moment of Jazz" by Ancelin

Comments (13)

Chesapeake Bay Program
December 04, 2020

Thanks for the feedback, Lisa. We have another page on our website with written information about oysters and how they’re impacted by pollution: https://www.chesapeakebay.net/issues/oysters

Lisa Man
December 04, 2020

wow, so good

Lisa Man
December 04, 2020

I wish that there would be more information in the writing not just the video. I don’t have time to watch the long videos, so it is much easier to read.

zoe hagelin
October 05, 2020

this is such good informatoin thanks alot i loved the video

December 05, 2019


Eva Dehinbo
November 22, 2019

This is amazing.

September 27, 2019

i loved it

May 15, 2019


March 05, 2019

very interesting about the oysters

March 05, 2019

I did not know that

March 05, 2019

now ain’t that just amazing

Tim Pfaff
November 03, 2017

Our children are the future. The education and outreach to the Youth will be a payback of exponential proportions.

Scott Muhammad
June 21, 2012

Thanks for the videos; my daughter is very interested in Bay preservation and stopping trash pollution. These videos will go a long way in helping her efforts!

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