Virginia river earns ‘restored’ status for oysters
NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — The Lafayette River has become the first of five Virginia rivers to have its oyster population recover, having met state and federal goals.
The Virginian-Pilot reports that volunteers gathered to mark the milestone Monday, tossing hundreds of shells covered with baby oysters into the river.
Virginia and Maryland entered into the Chesapeake Bay Watershed Agreement in 2014, with the goal of restoring “native oyster habitat and populations in 10 tributaries by 2025.” But restoring the oyster population is just a piece of a larger effort to improve the health of the bay’s tidal rivers.
Chris Moore with the Chesapeake Bay Foundation says they’re starting to see biodiversity that hasn’t been seen for some time.
A river in Maryland earned the same recovered status earlier this year.
Information from: The Virginian-Pilot, http://pilotonline.com