Molluscan Ecology Program
 
 
 
 

Oyster Restoration Programs

 
 
 

Introduction

The VIMS Molluscan Ecology Program has been involved in efforts to restore native Virginia oyster (Crassostrea virginica) oyster populations since the early 1990s. Virginia's oyster restoration efforts to date have relied on a two component strategy: 1) construction of broodstock sanctuary reefs where oyster reefs previously thrived and 2) establishment and cultivation of satellite shell plants around the constructed reef. Beginning in 1993 and continuing through the present, this strategy has resulted in the construction of over 40 three dimensional reef structures in Virginia tributaries. Regular shell planting activities by the Virginia Marine Resources Commission Conservation and Replenishment Department provide and maintain the associated shell plants.

The original partnership between the VIMS Molluscan Ecology Program and the Virginia Marine Resources Commission Conservation and Replenishment Department has expanded. The list of former and current participants in Virginia's oyster restoration efforts includes:

  • Chesapeake Bay Foundation
  • NOAA Chesapeake Bay Office
  • U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Norfolk District
  • U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Chesapeake Bay Program
  • Virginia Department of Environmental Quality
  • Virginia Oyster Heritage Program
  • VIMS Center for Coastal Resources Management

Related publications:


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Document last modified 09.30.2009
© Molluscan Ecology Program. Virginia Institute of Marine Science.
All rights reserved. All images © Juliana M. Harding.