Mid Atlantic Oyster Reefs

This page provides information and links for oyster reefs in Maryland, Virginia, and other Mid Atlantic states. Throughout much of the Mid Atlantic, oyster reefs provide important habitat. Oyster reefs are located in the Chesapeake Bay, Delaware Bay and coastal areas of Maryland, Virginia, and other states.

Anglers benefit by oyster reef restoration in many ways. First and foremost is the vital role in bay water quality that stands to be attained by oyster restoration. Secondly is the drastic improvement in habitat that oyster reefs provide. Oyster reefs typically sustain abundant populations of baitfish, shrimp, crabs, shellfish, and other organisms which in turn attract larger fish.

Artificial Reef Information

Chesapeake Bay Oyster Reefs

The Somerset Oyster Sanctuary

The Crisfield Artificial Reef

The Blackfish Banks Artificial Reef

Maryland DNR Oyster Restoration

Maryland Reef Ball Projects

NOAA MD Sea Grant-Oysters and the Chesapeake

Oyster Gardening - for Restoration and Education

Oyster Recovery Partnership

NOAA Chesapeake Bay Office-Oyster Reefs

MD Sea Grant-Restoring Oysters tn the Chesapeake Bay

A Historical Background for Oyster Landings in MD 1916-1998

magothyriver.org Oyster Restoration

Aquatic Reef Restoration

Virginia Oyster Heritage Program

Virginia Oyster Heritage Program-Reef Sites in Virginia's Coastal Zone

VIMS Restoration Programs: Oyster Reefs

VIMS Oyster Reef Habitat Restoration Overview

Virginia's Artificial Reefs

Historical Highlights of the VMRC

Tidewater Oyster Gardeners Association

Assateague Coastal Trust