Box 26: James River - Burwell's Bay

Location: James River - Burwell's Bay
History of location: Major tributary of the southern Chesapeake Bay. History of regular significant spat settlement of high intensity and significant seed production until the mid 1980s.
Current status: Modest population levels on Baylor and private grounds subject to consistent disease (MSX and Dermo) mortality and occasional freshet mortality. Cultch condition on Baylor Grounds is variable within region from poor to good. Six sentinel sites present. Regular data collection from other sites. Data held by VIMS and VMRC.
Recent restoration activity (reefs and other) to date: One reef built in 1995. Occasional shell planting and seed movement (export). 
Restoration potential: Limited because of consistent disease risk, occasional freshets and slow growth of resident oysters. Seed oyster survival from this area is low limiting its use as a seed production area to support restoration and private industry in other sites.
James River - Burwell's Bay