Operation Build a Reef: Herring Bay

Operation Build-a-Reef: Herring Bay

Help Build an Oyster Reef in Herring Bay!

Donate through the form below.

Volunteers pour bags full of spat-on-shell into Herring Bay.Herring Bay offers so much to those who live and recreate within its borders: inspiration, relaxation, and enjoyment. Described as an “ecological jewel,” its cliffs are known for bald eagle sightings, and waters as nesting grounds for terrapin turtles. Herring Bay once teemed with oyster beds, yet today the oyster population is a fraction of what it was. Oysters provide critical ecological services as water filterers and creators of habitat for other marine species. Where oysters are plentiful, waterways thrive. That’s why the Advocates for Herring Bay and the Oyster Recovery Partnership are partnering to bring Operation Build-a-Reef to Herring Bay.

YOU can make an impact on the health of Herring Bay by donating to Operation Build-a-Reef! Every donation directly supports the production and planting of juvenile oysters in the waterway. Donations up to $5,000 will be matched by ORP! Please consider purchasing a bushel of spat-on-shell for $100. Each bushel contains thousands of oysters! 

Donate by credit card through the form below. If you prefer to send a check, please mail to Oyster Recovery Partnership, 1805A Virginia St., Annapolis, MD 21401 and note “Build-a-Reef Herring Bay.”


Build-A-Reef is a collaborative partnership between the Advocates for Herring Bay and ORP, a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit. Donations are fully tax-deductible.