tributary on the western shore of the Chesapeake
Bay. Trap type estuary. History of high (intensity)
and consistent natural spat settlement with focused VMRC efforts to cultivate the river as a seed river in the 1960s and beyond. Baylor and
private ground productivity mostly maintained by
regular addition of shell cultch.
population levels on Baylor Grounds subject to consistent
disease (MSX and Dermo) mortality. Cultch condition
on Baylor Grounds is relatively good. Three sentinel
sites present. Regular collection of additional
data. Data held by VIMS and VMRC. Private lease
activity is low.
restoration activity (reefs and other) to date:
reefs constructed in 1993 and 1995. Regular shell
cultch planting and seed movement (export). The
risk to private oyster production is high because
because of consistent disease risk.