Bringing back the Chesapeake Bay one oyster at at time . . .

actually, millions at a time.

The Oyster Recovery Partnership has embarked on the largest oyster restoration project ever on the East Coast, in Harris Creek — a tributary of the Choptank River in the Chesapeake Bay. Learn more about our goals for the Harris Creek Project here.

Though great challenges lie ahead, we continue to provide innovative techniques and cutting-edge science to achieve greater efficiency, effectiveness and collaboration with our partners as we:

  1. Expand field operations to support the new UMCES Horn Point Lab Hatchery oyster setting pier, capable of producing 2 billion oysters per year;
  2. Assist mother nature to jump-start local wild oyster populations by rebuilding the network of oyster reefs within entire river systems to assist them in natural expansion;
  3. Assist in implementing aquaculture projects as a viable addition to a wild fishery, while concurrently supporting the existing wild fishery; and
  4. Build upon public engagement projects, such as the region’s first Shell Recycling Alliance, to actively provide outlets to energize citizens with a desire to positively impact our Bay.

Oyster Recovery Partnership oyster plantings in the Chesapeake Bay

Oyster larvae is poured into a setting tank at the Horn Point hatchery.

1998: 2 million
1999: 9 million
2000: 38 million
2001: 58 million
2002: 76 million
2003: 164 million
2004: 76 million
2005: 191 million
2006: 330 million
2007: 137 million
2008: 525 million
2009: 647 million
2010: 458 million
2011: 533 million
2012: 634 million
2013: 862 million