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Since 1994, the Chesapeake Bay's oyster population has been at about 1 percent of historic levels. But significant progress is being made to restore those levels according to the state.
The University of Maryland Horn Point Lab Oyster Hatchery team in Cambridge produced 1.25 billion Eastern oyster spat this year. The state says that as a result, 750 million baby oysters have been planted at the Harris Creek Sanctuary, which is 377 acres.
Gov. Martin O'Malley adopted the state's Oyster Restoration and Aquaculture Development Plan in 2010. O'Malley says state and federal agencies have expanded protected waters for oysters from 9 percent to 24 percent.
“I think it really smashes a lot of ideas about what the Smithsonian does and what it’s supposed to do,” one curator says of the African-American Museum’s growing collection.