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.
Maryland Oyster Aquaculture Industry Summary
Take a look at this interactive dashboard that summarizes the data that Extension Agent Matt Parker has been collecting on oyster aquaculture in Maryland.
Maryland Oyster Aquaculture Industry in 2020 at a Glance
Check out this report to see a glimpse into the Maryland oyster aquaculture industry using data from 2020. The report shows an overview of production methods, leasing, and factors that affect annual oyster harvests in Maryland aquaculture operations. University of Maryland Extension agents Shannon Hood, Cathy Liu, Matthew Parker, and Donald Webster contributed to this report.
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.