A year after baby oysters were deposited on a new man-made reef near the Francis Scott Key Bridge, the bivalves are flourishing despite a legacy of Patapsco River pollution.
Photos of the project shared by the Chesapeake Bay Foundation show mounds of oysters, some at least 3 inches long. The reef has also created habitat for crabs, anemone and other creatures.
“Oysters are resilient creatures. If we give them the habitat they need they will settle down and form a community, begin filtering our water, and provide a home for other marine life,” said Allison Colden, Maryland senior fisheries scientist with the bay foundation.