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Since the Horn Point Laboratory was established in 1977, there has been an active research program into bivalve ecology with special emphasis on the study of the eastern oyster, Crassostrea virginica.
HPL is home to the state's largest oyster hatchery which produces spat destined for Maryland's Chesapeake Bay restoration programs. Additional, fundamental research projects on bivalves are currently being undertaken by Drs. Roger Newell and Vic Kennedy.