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

July 2018

Bird Walk

July 7, 2018
07:30 AM - 09:00 AM
Bird Walk

July 7, 7:30-9am

Enjoy the early morning beauty of Pleasure House Point when the birds are the most active.
We will meet on Marlin Bay Drive at 7:30 AM and enjoy a pleasant ninety-minute walk with a birding expert from the Audubon Society.  These programs are free but we prefer that you preregister with Dana@LRNow.org or call our office at 757-962-5398.

Waterway Cleanup

July 14, 2018
12:00 AM
Events

July 14th 9am-noon

Old Moose Lodge off of Lynnhaven Parkway

To register to participate at a waterway cleanup please email Dana@lrnow.org or call (757) 962-5398

Click on Waterway Cleanups for additional information

Stewardship & Access Committee Meeting

July 18, 2018
06:00 PM - 08:00 PM
Committees

This committee meets at 6 pm on the third Wednesday of each month. Meetings are held at Hot Tuna  at 2817 Shore Dr., Virginia Beach, VA 23451. November and December meeting schedules may be adjusted to accommodate winter holidays. Check Facebook or website calendar for changes.

 http://www.lynnhavenrivernow.org/get-involved/

Discover Virginia Beach-Local Farm Tour

July 21, 2018
08:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Events

 

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Registration is FULL


Join Lynnhaven River Now as we embark on a monthly journey to Discover and Explore our different watershed areas and the vast natural and historical areas of our city.

Our July program will take place on July 21, 2018 from 8:30 am – 12:30 pm to explore a few of our local farms and stands. Taste of Tidewater will provide transportation from our meeting area in the parking lot at Virginia Beach Farmer’s Market on 3640 Dam Neck Rd, Virginia Beach, VA 23453, limited space is available for the tour.

We will wind down at Virginia Beach Farmers Market to shop and enjoy lunch at the Virginia Beach Farmers Market.

Tour Schedule:

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$10 Ticket includes  your transportation, the tours, and a reusable bag for your purchases
Look for details soon for our Discover Virginia Beach in August – Paddle Tour at Pleasure House Point.