BALTIMORE (WJZ) — The Chesapeake Bay received a D+ on the 2020 State of the Bay report. With numerous factors contributing to the poor grade, the Chesapeake Bay Foundation has been focusing on oyster restoration to help change the tide of the bay’s overall health.
“Three hundred other species are associated with the oysters reefs in the bay,” said Doug Myers, Maryland senior scientist for the Chesapeake Bay.
But the oyster population is nowhere near what it used to be.
“The bay used to contain oyster reefs that were so abundant that they were navigational hazards but we’re down to about 2%of the historic oyster abundance,” Myers said.
“Folks that are my age, our whole life has been working on restoring these degrading ecosystems,” Myers said.
“We’re rebuilding oyster reefs at a scale that’s never been done before,” Myers said.