Saving Native Oysters

SAVING NATIVE OYSTERS

Over the last 10 years, thousands of students and citizens have worked together with non-profits and governmental organizations to build oyster reefs in the Lynnhaven and to stock millions of reproductive oysters to the reefs. These community-raised oysters reproduce in the river, thus their babies also contribute to the Lynnhaven’s impressive developing oyster population. After only a decade of restoration activities, I am delighted to be able to report that all of this effort is working! Ten years ago, the Lynnhaven’s oyster population was estimated to be at about 1% of historic abundance, and recent calculations estimate that we may have already increased the Lynnhaven’s population to as much as 10% of historic abundance. That is a 10-fold increase in 10 years.

There is a heated debate underway right now with some parties favoring the introduction of a non-native oyster species to Chesapeake Bay waters. The Suminoe oyster, Crassostrea ariakensis, is the oyster species under consideration. If this asian oyster species is introduced into Chesapeake Bay and invades the Lynnhaven River (a likely scenario if the oyster is introduced), the asian oysters will surely hinder the restoration of our native oysters because the Suminoe oyster interferes with native oyster reproduction, undermining the laudable oyster restoration progress in the Lynnhaven. In addition to jeopardizing our native oyster restoration efforts, the Suminoe oyster harbors human pathogens moreso than our native oyster, posing more risk for human consumption, and the Suminoe oyster may cause increased oyster disease risks to our existing native oysters. For these, and several additional reasons, Lynnhaven River NOW, together with the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, Oyster Reef Keepers of Virginia, and all of the nearby Mid-Atlantic states are saying “no” to introducing Crassostrea ariakensis to the Cheapeake Bay.

Thank you for continuing to value and advance native oyster restoration in the Lynnhaven River!

Click Here to read Lynnhaven River NOW’s
letter to the Army Corps of Engineers.

EVENTS CALENDAR

January 2019

First Advocacy Dinner

January 7, 2019
06:30 PM - 08:30 PM

Monday, January 7th, Croc’s 19th Street Bistro, 6:30 PM

Are you interested to learning more about what to expect in this year’s Virginia General Assembly session and hear updates on what is happening with the seismic testing permits and offshore drilling? You will also meet others in our community who are also interested in following legislative initiatives related protecting our natural resources. And hear from speakers working on a variety of issues.

Our first Advocacy Dinner will be held at Croc’s 19th Street Bistro at 6:30 on Monday, January 7th. Registration and payment of $15 is due in advance. You can register by calling our office at 757-962-5398 or sending an email to Office@LRNow.org and we will call you . There are 20 spaces available and you will have four entree options for your dinner.

https://www.lynnhavenrivernow.org/advocacy/

GWIC Program-Returning Teachers

January 11, 2019
04:00 PM - 06:00 PM
Workshops

Growing Wetlands in the Classroom Program


January 11th and 12th at the Brock Environmental Center


For returning teachers:
Please plan to pick up your plants at the Brock Environmental Center between 4 and 6 PM on Friday, January 11th. Questions: Contact Jody@LRNow.org or call 757-962-5398.

For teachers new to the program:
Mandatory training on Saturday, January 12, 9 AM-2 PM at the Brock Environmental Center. Your plants will be available for pick up at the workshop. Questions: Contact Jody@LRNow.org or call 757-962-5398

GWIC

Waterway Cleanup

January 12, 2019
09:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Events

Our first cleanup to kick off 2019 will take place on Saturday, January 12 from 9am-noon at MOCA. To register to participate please email office@lrnow.org or call (757) 962-5398. This is a kid-friendly location

Location: VA Museum of Contemporary Art (2200 Parks Ave, Virginia Beach, VA 23451)

Learn more about our monthly Waterway Cleanups 

 

 

GWIC Program-teachers new to the program

January 12, 2019
09:00 AM - 02:00 PM
Workshops

Growing Wetlands in the Classroom Program


January 11th and 12th at the Brock Environmental Center


For returning teachers:
Please plan to pick up your plants at the Brock Environmental Center between 4 and 6 PM on Friday, January 11th. Questions: Contact Jody@LRNow.org or call 757-962-5398.

For teachers new to the program:
Mandatory training on Saturday, January 12, 9 AM-2 PM at the Brock Environmental Center. Your plants will be available for pick up at the workshop. Questions: Contact Jody@LRNow.org or call 757-962-5398

GWIC

Discover Virginia Beach-Winter Wildlife Festival

January 26, 2019
10:30 AM - 12:00 PM


Join us for this month's Discover Virginia Beach series as we attend


a walk-up workshop: Hometown Habitat and then tour the Exhibit Hall at the Princess Anne Recreation Center. This workshop is part of the Winter Wildlife Festival presented by Virginia Beach Parks and Rec and the Department of Game and Inland Fisheries.


 


About the workshop-


Hometown Habitat: How Native Plants Support Bird Diversity


 


Ages 10 & up • Insects are a critical part of the food web that birds and other wildlife depend on for survival. In this session we’ll watch an excerpt of Catherine Zimmerman’s Hometown Habitat film, which beautifully illustrates how our landscape choices directly impact insect and bird diversity. Following the film there will be a Q&A led by Carol A. Heiser, Habitat Education Coordinator of the DGIF.


 


*No Fee *Please RSVP office@lrnow.org or call Terri @ 757-962-5398


 


Learn more about the Winter Wildlife Festival here:


https://www.vbgov.com/government/departments/parks-recreation/special-events/Pages/winter-wildlife-festival.aspx


 

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