Little Choptank River

Status

Complete – View the Restoration Blueprint

Restoration Stats

  • Initial Restoration (completed in 2020): 358 acres (6.69 acres in 2020)
  • Seed planted: 1.78 billion (87.95 million in 2020)

Monitoring Results

Little Choptank oyster clumps

Oyster clumps observed during Little Choptank River monitoring trips.

  • 43 three-year-old reefs were monitored in the Little Choptank in the fall of 2019
  • 100% met the minimum threshold for oyster density (15 oyster per m2 over 30% of the reef area), and 98% met the higher, ideal target density (50 oysters per m2 over 30% of the reef area)
  • 100% met other biological and structural metrics:
    • Multiple year class – Presence of multiple year classes on the reef, as defined by oysters in at least two of the following size classes: market (>76 mm); small (40-75 mm); spat (<40 mm)
    • Reef height – Stable or increasing reef height compared to baseline
      Reef footprint criteria – Stable or increasing reef footprint compared to baseline

View NOAA’s 2019 Maryland Oyster Monitoring Report for full details.