In 2005 approximately 287 acres of CBEC’s waterfront was designated as a sanctuary. Within these acres lie four artificial reef areas which serve as oyster bars and fish habitat. CBEC volunteers have been seeding this area with the native virginica oyster spat since 2002. To date, over 9 million disease free oysters have been planted and range in size from one to five inches long.
Partners: Oyster Recovery Partnership (ORP), National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR), Langenfelder Marine Inc., Chesapeake Bay Trust (CBT), Gateways Network, Kennard and Sudlersville Elementary Schools, Wye River Upper School, CBEC Volunteers, Maryland Conservation Corp (MCC), Keith Campbell Foundation, University of Maryland (UMCES) Horn Pt. Laboratory, Coastal Conservation Association (CCA)