But oysters really love oysters, too. In fact, baby oysters floating in the water like nothing better than to settle upon and attach to another oyster shell to grow and mature.
So collecting shells and putting them back into creeks, rivers, and the Chesapeake Bay to give oysters the shell habitat they need is one of the prime strategies for restoring oysters to the Bay. In case you hadn’t heard, the Bay’s oyster population is but a fraction of what it once was -- and what it could be again – if all of the public, private, and nonprofit efforts under way to restore oysters succeed.
One such effort was today, when volunteers from Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) and several partner organizations shoveled some six tons of oyster shells from this Richmond dumpster into more than 150 bushel baskets for transport to the Chesapeake Bay Foundation’s (CBF) Virginia Oyster Restoration Center at Gloucester Point, Va.