Oysters Outcome:Factors Influencing Progress
Several factors could impact our ability to restore and protect native oyster habitat and populations in Maryland and Virginia tributaries. These factors have directly informed the management actions our partners will take to achieve the Oysters outcome.
Planning and implementing oyster reef restoration will require permitting and approval from state and federal agencies.
Public, Government Agency and Non-governmental Organization
Developing tributary restoration plans will require partner engagement at select sites.
Communicating our progress toward and research related to oyster reef restoration will require members of the Maryland and Virginia Interagency Oyster Teams to coordinate with one another and with the Chesapeake Bay Program.
Scientific and Technical Understanding
- The evaluation of bottom conditions in select tributaries will be necessary to ensure these tributaries are suitable for oyster reef restoration. Monitoring surveys will also be needed to evaluate conditions at restored sites and gauge the success of our restoration work.
- Research into shell budgets, cost-effective monitoring plans and the Chesapeake Bay-wide oyster stock could strengthen our restoration efforts.