July 19, 2021
Oysters are an important component of the living ecosystem of the Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries. They help protect shorelines from erosion and are important on both an ecological and an economical level. As one of the largest oyster hatcheries on the East Coast, UMCES' Horn Point Oyster Hatchery produces a variety of oyster larvae for use in oyster research, oyster restoration, and educational projects. Over the past decade, spawning oysters here have resulted in the deployment of over one billion oyster spat to the waters of the Chesapeake in the hopes of slowing oyster decline and restoring the health of the Bay.