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

April 2019

Planting for Pollinators Workshop

April 2, 2019
06:00 PM - 08:00 PM

Join Trista Imrich of Wild Works of Whimsy Native Landscape Design as she teaches us how to "Plant for Pollinators". This 2-hour class is designed to give our local homeowners ideas and strategies to enhance the value to their landscape by helping to support our local pollinators, including bees, pollinating wasps, and butterflies.
****FREE****
To register email Terri@lrnow.org or call our office (757)962-5398


Bird Walk at Pleasure House Point

April 6, 2019
07:30 AM - 09:00 AM

Join us on Saturday, April 6 7:30-9:30am at Pleasure House Point, one of the major stopovers of migratory birds on the Atlantic Flyway, to take a walk through the property in search of birds. What better way to go bird watching than with an avid Audubon birder at this ideal location! Free of charge. Email office@lrnow.org or call 757-962-5398 to register

Annual Oyster Roast

April 6, 2019
12:00 PM - 03:00 PM

Lynnhaven River NOW's Annual Oyster Roast


Saturday, April 6 at "THE VIEW" AT RUDEE INLET 416 Southside Road, Virginia Beach

Please Join us for our Annual Oyster Roast at a New Location in Virginia Beach. Yes! That's right. We are moving the same wonderful roast to a NEW LOCATION at Rudee Inlet. Enjoy Lynnhaven River aquacultured oysters, barbecue and beverages! Festivities include an oyster shucking contest, yard games, silent auction, live music and raffle prizes!Tickets are $75 per person. Enter our raffle to win your own oyster roast for 30 people ($10 each). We hope to see you there!

ORDER YOUR ONLINE TICKETS HERE: 

https://app.etapestry.com/onlineforms/LynnhavenRiverNOW/Oysterroast-19-1.html

**Early Bird Special Prices for a LIMITED TIME ONLY!

Waterway Cleanup

April 13, 2019
09:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Join volunteers and help clean up Virginia Beach Waterways. Cleanups are mostly kid-friendly. Results of Lynnhaven River Now’s cleanup efforts are available here. For additional information visit: Waterway Cleanups

 Old Moose Lodge, water-based with limited land access

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

Advocacy Dinner at Croc's on 19th St

April 29, 2019
06:00 PM - 08:00 PM

Join us at Croc's 19th Street Bistro on Monday, April 29th, for dinner and conversation about environmental advocacy topics.

Seats are limited.  Please register today by emailing Office@LRNow.org or calling 757-962-6398.  Cost is $15 and includes your choice of dinner entree.

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