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August 20,2013: Bringing Oysters Back from the Brink

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Bringing Oysters Back from the Brink

Oysters are a huge part of the Chesapeake Bay culture—its past, present, and future. Even the name “Chesapeake” means “great shellfish bay” in Algonquin. Yet since the early part of the 1900s, oyster populations have been in crisis. The health of oyster populations in the Bay is critical in providing habitat for aquatic animals, supporting feeding grounds for migratory birds, and enhancing water quality, as oysters filter their food from the water.