Box 29: Tangier Island and Sound

Location: Tangier Island and 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 1980s.
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: Five reefs and significant shell plants built in 2002. Occasional seed movement (export) and shell plants. 
Restoration potential: Limited by consistent disease risk and cultch availability.
Tangier Island and Sound