Two Billion Oysters: Harris Creek Reaches a Recovery Milestone

Construction completed at 350-acre Maryland sanctuary

A final load of juvenile oysters was cast into the 350-acre Harris Creek oyster reef in September 2015, marking over two billion oysters planted in the sanctuary. One of the largest oyster restoration projects in the world, Harris Creek, a tributary of Maryland’s Choptank River, is the first of ten Chesapeake Bay tributaries to complete oyster reef construction to fulfill the oyster restoration goals of the Chesapeake Watershed Agreement.

The juvenile oysters, known as spat, all came from the University of Maryland’s Horn Point Hatchery. Oyster restoration in Harris Creek has been a collaboration including NOAA, the Army Corps of Engineers, Maryland Department of Natural Resources, the Oyster Recovery Partnership, the Nature Conservancy, and other groups, such as the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation. Scientists will monitor the health of the Harris Creek oysters, and look toward restoring more tributaries of the Chesapeake.

  • Produced by Will Parson
  • Additional footage by Steve Droter
  • Music/Audio: Satellite Ensemble

Comments (2)

Herman Jeffery Harrison
February 16, 2018

The final planting was not in 2015, this past summer they planted another $710,000 worth of spat on shell.  I’m not sure how many million oysters that is, but it was called a maintenance planting. That doesn’t sound like a success to me.

Chris
October 08, 2015

Where will they start going next?  So many sites in need.

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