Fisheries & Oysters

Oysters are hard little workers. Each one of these amazing bivalves can filter pollutants out of up to 50 gallons of water per day. Unfortunately, they are at just one percent of their historic population in the Chesapeake Bay. Oysters are a keystone species. Without a healthy oyster population, it is nearly impossible to restore the health of the Bay.  Waterkeepers on both shores of the Chesapeake Bay are seeking public policy that balances the needs of restoration with commercial fishery interests. Even with information gleaned from a five-year Oyster Advisory Commission study— and a requirement from the General Assembly (in the form of 2016 legislation) — to follow the science on oyster fisheries management, the commission responsible for managing oysters and the Maryland Department of Natural Resources have been unfairly tipping the scales toward industry.

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Waterkeepers Chesapeake Legislative Victories in Virginia and Maryland

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Waterkeepers Chesapeake and our 19 independent Riverkeeper, Coastkeeper and Shorekeeper organizations advocate for legislation at the local, state and federal ...
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Waterkeepers: The Public Deserves a Voice in Oyster Recovery

Waterkeepers: The Public Deserves a Voice in Oyster Recovery

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Waterkeepers Call for Restoration of Oyster Recovery Efforts

Waterkeepers Call for Restoration of Oyster Recovery Efforts

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