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
Bringing up baby oysters
The oyster hatchery at Horn Point laboratory churns out billions of the water-filtering shellfish
A glimpse into a restored Chesapeake oyster reef
Oyster sanctuaries are allowing restored reefs to form clumps of habitat for bay critters
Two Billion Oysters: Harris Creek Reaches a Recovery Milestone
Construction completed at 350-acre Maryland sanctuary