Oyster reefs are one of the most endangered habitats on the planet. So much depends upon the oyster, tiny powerhouse of the Chesapeake Bay. Oysters suck in pollutants and expel clean water. Oyster reefs shelter marine life, yielding the fresh seafood we all enjoy.
The world’s leading conservation organization, The Nature Conservancy, and the Chesapeake Bay region’s leading non-profit on oyster restoration, the Oyster Recovery Partnership (ORP) and others have joined forces to reverse the cycle of overharvesting and pollution, focusing on a vibrant vision for a healthy bay: oyster reefs and sea-grass meadows, teeming with fish and crabs; people swimming and fishing in clean, safe waters; and a thriving economy.
One oyster at a time … and ultimately a healthier Chesapeake Bay.
Explore our collection of stories, and remember - so much depends upon your help. Donate one minute, one dollar, one evening— it all adds up to a healthier Chesapeake Bay. Support the work. Enjoy the solution. Because there's only one Chesapeake Bay.
Join us at monthly social hours! Meet TNC and ORP staff, learn more about oyster restoration, and find out how you can help. Save the date
We're working with partners to restore oyster reefs in twenty bay tributaries by 2025. Harris Creek is the first. Explore
Taking the pulse of the oyster population in Maryland's Nanticoke River. Come aboard
Learn how recycled oyster shells play a crucial part in bringing back oyster populations in the Chesapeake Bay. Dive in