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Raise a glass to toast your favorite green restaurant! Thanks to everyone who voted in the 2013 People's Choice Nature's Plate Awards. Together we can celebrate the restaurants doing their part for nature -
and your taste buds!

Going Big at Harris Creek

Baby oysters attached to shells.
© Kathryn Arion.

The Nature Conservancy and its partners are working on the largest oyster restoration project ever attempted in the Chesapeake Bay. Together, we plan to restore more than 350 acres of healthy oyster reefs to Harris Creek, rebuilding habitat for iconic crabs and rockfish while filtering the bay waters.
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Sustainability Deserves 5 Stars

From the oysters on your plate to the water in your glass, nature nourishes our bodies. You're invited to make a difference this fall by nominating your favorite green restaurant for a Nature's Plate 2013 People's Choice Award. Get started now!

A Future for Menhaden

A Big Step to Save a Little Fish

Photo by Crabby Taxonomist via Flickr's Creative Commons.

Menhaden have been called the "most important fish in the sea" because of their crucial role as a food source for the ocean.

December of 2012 was a landmark moment for the little fish, as the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission approved historic changes to the management plan for menhaden, including the first ever coast-wide annual catch limit for the fishery. The Atlantic menhaden population recently hit historic lows and action was needed for the fish, the numerous other marine species that prey on menhaden, and ultimately the industries and communities that depend on a healthy Atlantic.

A recovered stock will improve the health and resilience of the marine food web in the Atlantic. Learn more.

Restoring Oyster Reefs

Improving the Health of Chesapeake Bay

Plants along the Nanticoke River.
© Felicia Aronson

Oysters are an essential part of the Chesapeake Bay ecosystem. An adult oyster can filter 50 gallons of water a day; at their prime, the entire population filtered the entire bay in just one week!

The Chesapeake Bay once had the largest population of oysters east of the Mississippi River. Today, in rivers like the Nanticoke, where the river bottom once boasted a carpet of oyster reefs, you'll find black, slimy mud. Oyster populations throughout the Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries have been decimated due to disease and over harvesting. However, The Nature Conservancy and its partners are convening like never before in order to turn things around for these creatures. Learn more.

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