Efforts to restore native oysters in Maryland's portion of the Chesapeake Bay are about to begin in earnest, as state and federal officials air plans to conduct large-scale reef rebuilding projects in Harris Creek on the Eastern Shore.
The Maryland Department of Natural Resources, along with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the US. Army Corps of Engineers, are scheduled to present their plans for oyster restoration work in Harris Creek from 1 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum inSt. Michaels.
Harris Creek, on the east side of Tilghmann Island and near the mouth of the Choptank River, has been targeted for major work starting later this year to reclaim and replant lost oyster reefs.
"It was historically a very important harvest area," said Michael Naylor, DNR's shellfish director. Though surveys suggest perhaps 10 million oysters are still in the creek, he added, many reefs have been lost to disease and silt buildup.