Oysters are the Chesapeake's most important “keystone” species, vital to the Bay’s ecosystem. Think of them as nature’s ecological engineers, with the ability to not only create extensive habitats for scores of species like stripers and crabs but they’re also prolific filter feeders capable of cleaning Bay water by removing excess nutrients and sediments.
Oysters support healthy fisheries and provide sustainable seafood, as well as serve as natural wave-breakers that help mitigate the impacts of sea-level rise and storm surge.
Conserve, protect and restore oysters in the Bay
We recognize the importance of using science-based principles to help guide the management of this important resource. Sustainable levels of harvest, shell recycling networks and innovation in improving oyster populations are all key components of CCA Virginia's work.