Fishing Tournament: 6:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
Tournament Registration at ianglertournament.com/virginia-rod-and-reef-slam
Due to the combined effects of decades of overharvesting, habitat destruction, poor water quality, and disease, the population of oysters and reefs in the Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries are an estimated one percent of historic levels.
However, in recent years, multiple partners, including the NOAA Chesapeake Bay Office, Virginia Marine Resources Commission, Elizabeth River Project, Lynnhaven River Now, and CBF have been restoring oyster reefs in the Lafayette and Lynnhaven Rivers (among others). The return of these habitats means a return of healthy populations of popular reef fish.
Help us find out which fish can be caught on restored and enhanced reefs in the lower Bay region!
Join us for a tournament that focuses on two restoration areas: the Lafayette and Lynnhaven Rivers. Specifically, the Lynnhaven River inside the Lesner Bridge, and the Lafayette River between Tanner Point and Lambert’s Point.
This tournament is a little different than usual. You don’t win just by catching the biggest fish. Prizes will be awarded for how many species you catch, and then how big your fish are. We’re celebrating the variety that oyster reef restoration makes possible. How many different species can you catch?
If you register for the tournament, the party is included in your registration.
If you won't be participating in the tournament you can still join us for the awards party to be held from 3:00–8:00 p.m. at CBF's Brock Environmental Center, 3663 Marlin Bay Drive, Virginia Beach, VA 23455. Non-participant tickets for the party are $10.00.
[If you have technical difficulty registering, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll get you registered ASAP.]