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Help restore oysters to the Chesapeake Bay!

Welcome CBS viewers and thank you for visiting! You’re likely here because you watched the CBS This Morning oyster story that aired on Saturday, July 10. Reporter Skyler Henry did a fantastic job of explaining Oyster Recovery Partnership’s (ORP’s) sanctuary reef restoration work in Maryland’s portion of the Chesapeake Bay. Learn how you can help, more about oysters, ORP’s work to restore the native population, and about our partners…

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How You Can Help


Oyster Facts

  • Did you know that a single healthy adult oyster can filter up to 50 gallons of water per day? Oysters help keep the water clean and clear for underwater grasses and other aquatic life by filtering algae, harmful excess nutrients, and other pollution from the water.

  • Oysters are a keystone species in the Chesapeake Bay. Oyster reefs provide habitat, refuge, and foraging ground for other marine life. If the reefs disappeared, then many other organisms would be negatively affected.
  • Oysters are an important food source for marine life and people. Oyster harvesting, whether through traditional fishing methods or the fast-growing aquaculture (oyster farming) industry, provides jobs for thousands of people living in the Chesapeake Bay watershed and supports hundreds of small businesses in their communities.
  • Learn more interesting oyster facts!


How ORP is Helping to Restore the Native Oyster – Beyond the CBS This Morning oyster story.

Over our 27 year history, we have planted 9 billion oysters on more than 2,500 acres! The CBS This Morning oyster story featured ORP’s large-scale efforts to restore oyster reefs in the “Big Five” Chesapeake Bay tributaries by 2025. This is a huge part of how we’re helping to restore the native oyster – but not the complete picture…

  • Since 2012, and with the help of the Maryland Department of Natural Resources and commercial watermen, ORP has rebuilt public fishery reefs. Every year, we plant thousands of bushels of recycled shell and millions of juvenile oysters on these public reefs where the oysters will mature and eventually be harvested. Learn more.
  • Oyster Aquaculture (oyster farming) is Maryland’s fastest growing seafood sector. ORP supports the industry with training opportunities and access to low- and no-cost equipment and supplies to watermen throughout the state. Learn more. 
  • ORP Shell Recycling Alliance - Man carts can of recycled oyster shell to be used in large scale oyster sanctuary restorationOyster shell is the building block of an oyster reef – and it is in short supply. ORP’s Shell Recycling Alliance® (SRA), launched in 2009, has collected 215,000+ bushels of shell from hundreds of restaurants in Maryland, the District of Columbia, Virginia, and Pennsylvania. This equates to 7,400 tons kept out of area landfills, approximately $350,000 saved in waste collection fees, and enough substrate to support the planting of 1 billion oysters in local waters. Learn more.
  • Thousands of families and communities volunteer to nurture juvenile oysters until they are large enough to be planted on local sanctuary reefs as part of ORP’s Marylanders Grow Oysters (MGO) program. MGO has grown to 34 participating Chesapeake Bay tributaries and produced tens of millions of healthy oysters! 
  • ORP participates in hundreds of community events every year, everything from local oyster festivals and community meetings to corporate events and the annual “National Oyster Day” in August. These face-to-face connections raise awareness about oysters’ importance to the Bay – and often engage volunteers, giving them hands on experience. See upcoming events


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Restoration Partners

ORP is one of many allies who are working collaboratively to help restore oysters to the Chesapeake Bay. The Restoration Partners below are key drivers of this important work. Many other agencies, foundations, and nonprofits, and eco-minded businesses are also involved – view the full list.