NOAA Funds DNR $1M+ for Oyster Restoration Efforts

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Commerce’s National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has released over $1 million to the Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) to help restore the Chesapeake Bay’s oyster population. The funding is designed for targeted oyster restoration efforts in the Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries, and will help monitor oyster health.

DNR was awarded $1,080,000 to implement a multi-year oyster population restoration process, which includes reseeding, monitoring, and evaluation of different restoration methods. To make this happen, DNR works directly with the University of Maryland’s Center for Environmental Science to produce the oyster seed, or “spat on shell,” and then with the Oyster Recovery Partnership and local watermen for on-the-water operations to rebuild reefs. When complete, the project will place up to 300 million seeds in targeted Chesapeake Bay tributaries to aid with oyster population recovery.

Senator B. Mikulski says she secured the funding in the FY2012 Commerce, Justice and Science (CJS) funding bill.

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