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Restoring oysters on the Lafayette River

The Lafayette River in Norfolk, Va., will be the first Chesapeake Bay tributary in the state to meet goals for oyster restoration, according to standards set by bay scientists. Central to the river's oyster restoration effort has been reefs built by the Elizabeth River Project and seeded with baby oysters by the Chesapeake Bay Foundation. Learn about the impact of oyster restoration efforts from Joe Rieger, deputy director of restoration at the Elizabeth River Project, and Jackie Shannon, Virginia oyster restoration manager at the Chesapeake Bay Foundation. Video: Will Parson/Chesapeake Bay Program Music: "Cast in Wicker" by Blue Dot Sessions via

Chesapeake Bay Foundation’s “The Incredible Oyster Reef”


Check out this great video about Oyster Reef restoration, published by the Chesapeake Bay Foundation.

Oysters play a critical role in the ecology, economy, and culture of the Chesapeake Bay. This video, shot in 1999, documents the rise and fall of the oyster in the Bay, and focuses on innovative efforts by Chesapeake Bay Foundation and its partners to bring the oyster back to sustainable levels in the Bay.