As populations of aquatic plants, shellfish, and finfish decline in the Chesapeake Bay, aquaculture plays a significant role both in food production and in ecosystem restoration. Aquaculture research, education, innovation, and restoration efforts are helping to reconstruct troubled fisheries and replenish habitats, such as oyster reefs.


 The Oyster Odyssey of Chesapeake

Don Webster, Regional Extension Specialist & Principal Agent, is featured on this discussion and provides a historical perspective on oyster cultivation and the challenges overcome to revive the industry, including disease resistance and modern aquaculture techniques.



My Farm is Underwater!

Don Webster, Regional Extension Specialist & Principal Agent, presented this at the University of Maryland's 2023 Harvest Breakfast event on December 1, 2023.


Aquaculture Education Video Series: Remote Setting

Check out the first part of our educational video series covering aquaculture techniques. In this video Shannon Hood, Oyster Aquaculture Extension Specialist, teaches you how to install, operate, and maintain a remote setting system for the purpose of producing spat on shell for submerged land leases. 

Watch the full video series on remote setting here


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