Local populations of oysters have been devastated by disease and pollution, but innovative efforts are underway to help bolster wild oysters.
The Oyster Recovery Partnership announced that it has planted more than a half billion seed oysters into the Chesapeake Bay over the past year in a bid to supplement the wild oysters that have been plagued by disease, sediment pollution and overharvesting.
They takes shells from around 100 restaurants in the D.C. area and grows hundreds of millions of baby oysters on them in immense tanks at Horn Point Lab in Cambridge, Maryland.
This year the 510 million baby oysters were spread over 315 acres. The goal is to get to 2 billion seed oysters a year. Researchers say one of the most important things restoration efforts provide is time for humans to improve habitat and for the oysters to develop resistance to introduced diseases.