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.
- Read the Management Strategy (pdf)
- Download the 2020-2021 oysters logic and action plan Work Plan (pdf)
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)
Partner Goal Implementation Team(s)
200 Harry S. Truman Parkway
Annapolis, Maryland 21401
To track the progress of one or more management strategies, visit our Management Strategies Dashboard.