Virginia Institute of Marine Science
The use of oyster shell bags as a means of shore protection along fetchlimited shorelines in Chesapeake Bay is growing. This method is an innovative use of a byproduct of the seafood industry and can provide habitat creation, water quality improvement, and shore protection. The landowner can install the bags themselves, and with the new living shoreline general permit in Virginia, these projects are easier than ever to afford and install. However, oyster shells are a limited resource that are needed for largescale oyster reef restoration with the Chesapeake Bay watershed, so determining the effectiveness of this shore protection strategy is important to allocating resources for habitat restoration.
Shorelines--Environmental aspects--Virginia; Shore protection--Virginia.
Milligan, D. A., Hardaway, C., Wilcox, C. A., & Priest, W. I. (2018) Oyster Bag Sill Construction and Monitoring at Two Sites in Chesapeake Bay. Virginia Institute of Marine Science, College of William and Mary. https://doi.org/10.25773/n2v0-td81