Oyster Reef Restoration

A restored oyster reef in Harris Creek, Maryland.. © L. Kellogg/VIMS. A photo of the bayfloor in Harris Creek, Maryland before oyster restoration.

Underwater images from Harris Creek, Maryland, a Chesapeake Bay tributary, show how water quality and marine diversity is enhanced by oyster-reef restoration. The left-hand photo shows a restored Harris Creek reef while the right-hand photo shows a nearby area where reef restoration activities did not take place. Photos courtesy of researcher Lisa Kellogg of the Virginia Institute of Marine Science.

Learn more about VIMS' role in oyster-reef restoration and modeling.