All About Oysters

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Time-lapse: Oyster Filtering Water

Oysters filter and clean the waters of the Chesapeake Bay and provide critical habitat for other aquatic life. But the oyster population is just a tiny fraction of what it once was historically. Restoring the Chesapeake's native oyster population is key to bringing back the Bay's health.

Back to Baysics: Oyster Sanctuaries

What are oyster sanctuaries? And why are they good for the Chesapeake Bay? Find out in this edition of Back to Baysics.

The Incredible Oyster Reef: Full Video

Today as science has taught us so much more about these threats to the Chesapeake Bay's health, we are thinking about an old question in a new way. Were oysters once abundant because the Bay had clear, clean water or did the Bay have clear, clean water once because oysters were abundant? Not the unsolvable chicken and the egg riddle but a real world research challenge with profound consequences for the success of Bay restoration.

The Incredible Oyster Reef: Part 1 Blossom Where You're Planted

This segment of "The Incredible Oyster Reef" shows how oysters build reefs in the Chesapeake Bay.

The Incredible Oyster Reef: Part 2 Rising from the Muck

This segment of "The Incredible Oyster Reef" explores the benefits of oyster reefs.

The Incredible Oyster Reef: Part 3 Build It and They Will Come

This segment of "The Incredible Oyster Reef" explores the important habitat that oyster reefs provide for other creatures in the Chesapeake Bay ecosystem.

The Incredible Oyster Reef: Part Part 4 Filtering Factories

This segment of "The Incredible Oyster Reef" shows the remarkable contribution oysters can play in improving water quality in the Chesapeake Bay.

The Incredible Oyster Reef: Part Part 5 Pushed to the Brink

This segment of "The Incredible Oyster Reef" warns of the threats facing the Chesapeake Bay's iconic native oyster.



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10 Billion Oysters for a Clean Chesapeake Bay

CBF President Will Baker, National Aquarium President John Racanelli, University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science President Emeritus Dr. Don Boesch, and Hoopers Island Oyster Company Founder Johnny Shockley announce a very exciting alliance to place ten billion new oysters in Chesapeake Bay by 2025. (Photo by Robert Diller.)

Oysters Win, Trees Hold

CBF President Will Baker and Maryland Executive Director Alison Prost discuss the results of this year's general session, which wrapped up April 10, 2017. (Photo by Nikki Davis.)

The Incredible Oyster

CBF President Will Baker talks with Maryland Fisheries Scientist Allison Colden about the state of the Chesapeake native oyster. (Photo courtesy of Allison Colden.)

Seeding Our Future

CBF President Will Baker talks with Jackie Shannon and Heather North—experts from CBF's Virginia oyster restoration center—about rebuilding the Bay's living water treatment centers.