About the Project
Oysters serve an important role in the economy and ecology of the Chesapeake Bay region, but historical overfishing and disease have resulted in a large decline in their abundance. Oyster restoration is ongoing throughout the Chesapeake Bay in order to replenish oyster populations. Monitoring of the oyster reefs that have undergone restoration is necessary to assess the success of the efforts.
Researchers at SERC are partnering with local riverkeeper organizations to capture photographs of restored oyster reefs in order to assess the structure of oyster reefs and the associated organisms living on the reefs. Collected images will be made publicly available online for analysis by members of the public.