Box 5: Smith Point & Little Wicomico River

Location: Smith Point and Little Wicomico River
History of location: Small southern tributary of the Potomac River on the northwestern shore of the Chesapeake Bay. Occasional natural spat settlement. Baylor and private ground productivity mostly maintained by movement of seed from elsewhere.
Current status: Low population levels on Baylor Grounds subject to consistent disease (MSX and Dermo) mortality. Cultch condition on Baylor Grounds is relatively good. One sentinel site present. Occasional additional data collection as needed. Data held by VMRC.
Recent restoration activity (reefs and other) to date: Occasional seed movements and shell plants. The risk to private oyster production is high because of disease.
Restoration potential: Modest because of low spat set and consistent disease risk.
Little Wicomico River