Box 27: Lynnhaven Rivers and Broad Bay

Location: Lynnhaven Rivers and Broad Bay
History of location: Minor tributaries of the southern Chesapeake Bay. History of regular spat settlement of modest intensity and significant private market oyster production prior to MSX. No Baylor Grounds of significance.
Current status: Low population levels on private grounds subject to consistent disease (MSX and Dermo) mortality and significant sedimentation on leases. Many leases are inactive. Cultch condition is poor. Some data collected from reef sites since their construction. Data held by VMRC.
Recent restoration activity (reefs and other) to date: Reefs built in 1997, 2002, and 2003. Significant shell planting in 2007 and 2008 by COE. 
Restoration potential: Limited by consistent disease risk, sedimentation, cultch availability, and user conflicts.
Lynnhaven Rivers & Broad Bay