Virginia Institute of Marine Science
Bulletin of the Aquaculture Association of Canada
Restoration of the oyster Crassostrea virginica resource to the Chesapeake Bay is a widely supported goal. The role of the oyster in restoration through benthic-pelagic coupling is examined in the context of current and projected watershed management problems, agricultural and urban development with associated nutrient and sediment erosion issues, in the entire Chesapeake Bay watershed. Efforts to date have focused on rebuilding three-dimensional reef structures, often with oyster broodstock enhancement, in predominantly small estuaries with retentive circulation to provide demonstration of increased resultant recruitment. Fishery enhancement activity is then based on local increases in recruitment. Such examples are used to increase public awareness of the success of restoration processes and increase long-term participation in such programs by schools, non profit and civic organizations, and commercial and recreational fishing groups.
Mann, Roger L., Restoration of the Oyster Resource in Chesapeake Bay: The Role of Oyster Reefs in Population Enhancement, Water Quality Improvement and Support of Diverse Species-Rich Communities (2001). Bulletin of the Aquaculture Association of Canada, 101(1), 38-42.