Box 30: Pocomoke Sound - Island Bay

Location: Pocomoke Sound 
History of location: Major embayment on the eastern shore of the Chesapeake Bay. History of regular spat settlement and market oyster production prior to the 1980's.
Current status: Low population levels on Baylor Grounds subject to consistent disease (MSX and Dermo) mortality. Cultch condition is poor. One sentinel site present. Regular data collection. Data held by VIMS and VMRC.
Recent restoration activity (reefs and other) to date: Three reefs and significant shell plants built in Pocomoke Sound in 2002. One reef built in Pungoteague Creek in 1997. Occasional seed movement (export) and shell plants. 
Restoration potential: Limited of consistent disease risk and cultch availability.

Pocomoke Sound and Island Bay