Tag Archives: Chesapeake Bay

Chesapeake Bay Foundation: What Are Oysters Hiding???


Written by: Daryl Kenny

How much do you know about oysters?!
Photo by CBF

The Chesapeake Bay Foundation’s Oyster Restoration project has been one of Orvis’ Customer Matching Grants for the past two years. Oysters are pretty remarkable little rascals who have more talents than most of us realize!

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CBF: Supreme Court Backs Chesapeake Bay Clean-Up Plan


Written by: Daryl Kenny

Sunrise at Thomas Point Lighthouse
Photo by Mike Cromwell

Recently the Supreme Court declined to hear a challenge to the Chesapeake Bay clean-up plan, thereby ending an attempt by the American Farm Bureau to stop it. One of Orvis’ Customer Matching Grant initiatives is the Chesapeake Bay Foundation’s Oyster Restoration project, which is an integral part of that plan.

We celebrate this victory with our friends at CBF, and invite you to check out the following article which appeared on the Field & Stream website:

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Chesapeake Bay Foundation: Success at Harris Creek


Written by: Daryl Kenny

Oyster shell is shot into Harris Creek sanctuary
Photo by David Harp

For the past few years Orvis has been proud to partner with the Chesapeake Bay Foundation on their Oyster Restoration project. With decades of overfishing, disease and pollution decimating 99% of the population, reestablishing oysters in the Bay and its watershed would seem to be a herculean task.

We are delighted to share with you a major milestone on the road back to a healthy, clean Chesapeake Bay. The following article by Karl Blankenship appeared in the Bay Journal on October 6th:

Harris Creek was once home to nearly 1,500 acres of Maryland’s best oyster reefs, but in recent decades its oyster population — like those in much of the Bay — had dramatically dwindled.

When biologists surveyed the creek a few years ago, “we barely found an acre that was functioning at what we would consider the historic level,” said Stephanie Westby, oyster project coordinator with National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Chesapeake Bay Office.

In fact, only a few hundred thousand oysters remained. With few oysters to rebuild them, the reefs had deteriorated.

In short, Harris Creek looked like much of the rest of the Chesapeake, where oyster numbers are estimated to be at 1 percent or less of their historic abundance.

That was then….

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Chesapeake Bay Foundation: Oyster Migration: Fact or Fiction?


Where is Oyster Shelly off to?!
Photo by CBF

The following article, written by CBF Senior Naturalist John Page Williams, was first posted on the CBF website on April 1, 2015:

Oyster Shelly is on the move! After vacationing in the Caribbean Sea for the winter, she, along with the osprey, have come back home to the Chesapeake. We’ve been tracking Oysters Shelly, Rocky, and Pearl throughout their migration. Check it out . . .

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Chesapeake Bay Foundation: Reef Ball Fact Sheet


Written by: Daryl Kenny

A curious sea bass checks out one of CBF’s reef balls
Photo by CBF

For the second year in a row, an Orvis Customer Matching Grant has been awarded to the Chesapeake Bay Foundation’s Oyster Restoration program. Oysters are one on Mother Nature’s most efficient water filters, and through the increase of their numbers and health, the health of the Bay is being reclaimed….

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Virginia is for (Oyster) Lovers


Written by: Daryl Kenny

One of the many benefits of oyster restoration
Photo by Rappahannock River Oyster Company

The Chesapeake Bay Foundation’s Oyster Restoration Project is one of the recipients of an Orvis Customer Matching Grant. You’re welcome!

The following article, by Mary Winston Nicklin, appeared in a recent issue of USA Today:

The sun sets over the Rappahannock River and the al fresco crowd at Merroir, the acclaimed waterfront tasting room…

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Chesapeake Bay Foundation: Harris Creek


Written by: Daryl Kenny

CBF volunteer Patrick Beall “planting” an oyster reef at Harris Creek
Photo by Josh Bollinger

The staff and volunteers at the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, a 2014 Orvis Customer Matching Grant partner, are having a busy summer shoveling shells! Recently a group went out to the Harris Creek oyster sanctuary

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Chesapeake Bay Foundation: Fighting for the Chesapeake

Written by: Ted Williams


The magnificent Chesapeake Bay
Photo by Bill Portlock

In February 2014, Florida joined a lawsuit to stop the Environmental Protection Agency’s belated effort to render Chesapeake Bay clean enough to be taken off the EPA’s “impaired waters” list by. . .

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