New threats have emerged to Maryland’s vital oyster population and there is no more critical time than now for action. While restoration efforts are working, a recent oyster stock assessment found that Maryland’s oyster population has declined by more than half from around 600 million market size oysters in 1999 to less than 300 million in early 2018.
But right now a bill before Maryland's House of Representatives presents an opportunity for the state to take a major step forward in restoring the Bay's oysters, by creating an oyster fishery management plan. Oysters are critical not just for water quality (one adult oyster can clean and filter up to 50 gallons of water a day) but also for the valuable habitat and shelter they provide other Chesapeake critters.
Use the form below to tell your state representative how valuable oysters are to our environment, economy, and way of life. Ask them to move oyster restoration efforts forward and support HB720.
Your voice will have the greatest impact if you write to your leaders in your own words. Describe the value of oysters and clean water to you and your community.
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