Bringing up baby oysters in Baltimore’s Inner Harbor

Oct 11, 2016
John Lee / WYPR

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Oysters are nature’s filtration machines, and there used to be enough of them in the Chesapeake Bay to filter and clean all that water in three days. Now, there are so few oysters it takes more than a year.


WASHINGTON (AP) — The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has awarded $800,000 to Maryland to help restore the Chesapeake Bay's oyster population.

Sens. Barbara Mikulski and Ben Cardin announced the award in a news release Tuesday.

The award to the Maryland Department of Natural Resources will go to producing and planting 1.5 billion hatchery seeds in three years.

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Auditor: City paid over $600K for non-existent oyster plan

May 3, 2016

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (AP) — A Virginia Beach official says the city has paid more than $600,000 for an oyster restoration plan that doesn't exist.

In a report released Monday, city auditor Lyndon Remias tells media outlets that the city allocated the funds to help restore the Lynnhaven River oyster population.

The plan is to use oyster shells to build a sanctuary reef.

However, Remias says there isn't a plan in place, and shells have been piling up at the city landfill for over six years.

Virginia leading the country in hard clam sales

Apr 19, 2016

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (AP) — Virginia shellfish farmers are leading the nation in hard clam sales.

The Virginian-Pilot reports (http://bit.ly/20RJ4K6 ) that data from the College of William & Mary's Virginia Institute of Marine Science shows that shellfish farmers sold about $32.3 million worth of aquacultured clams in 2015.

Virginia also came out on top in oyster sales among East Coast states. The report shows that the state's shellfish farmers sold $16 million in oysters last year.

New trail connects visitors to Virginia oysters

Aug 19, 2014

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia is connecting travelers to the state's popular oyster industry with the creation of the Virginia Oyster Trail.

Gov. Terry McAuliffe announced the new tourism project on Tuesday at the Executive Mansion in Richmond.

The trail links visitors with Virginia oyster purveyors, and restaurants, raw bars and the long-standing watermen culture throughout the Northern Neck, Middle Peninsula and Virginia's Eastern Shore.