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Harris Creek Implementation Update, March 2013

More than half of the Bay’s first tributary-wide oyster restoration project will be completed by this fall, according to an update just released by the Maryland Oyster Restoration Interagency Workgroup.

The Harris Creek Oyster Restoration Tributary Plan Implementation Update—the first annual update on the planned 377-acre project—details tangible work accomplished in Harris Creek through December 2012, including:

  • 22 acres of new oyster reef constructed
  • 450 million spat-on-shell produced and planted onto 97 acres of reefs
  • Construction and seeding now complete for more than one-quarter of the reefs targeted in the plan

The Update also includes some highlights of work planned for 2013, such as additional reef construction (34 acres) and seeding (300 million spat-on-shell onto 51 acres). NOAA will monitor previously constructed and seeded reefs using technology including sonar.

The Workgroup, which is chaired by NOAA, also includes the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Maryland Department of Natural Resources, and Oyster Recovery Partnership, and consults with scientists and other experts from around the region.