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Oyster Restoration Effort Planned on Eastern Shore

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ST. MICHAELS, Md. (WBOC/AP)- The Maryland Department of Natural Resources says state and federal officials are planning a major oyster restoration effort for Harris Creek on the Eastern Shore.

DNR officials, along with their counterparts from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, plan to discuss the effort Wednesday from 1-7 p.m. at an open house that will be held at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum located at 213 North St. in St. Michaels.

Officials say the creek east of Tilghman Island near the Choptank River was chosen because of the high likelihood of success. The plan calls for expanding oyster bars and seeding the reefs with shells and oysters. Work is expected to begin this summer.

DNR says the work is part of the federal bay restoration strategy that calls for restoring self-sustaining oyster populations in 10 Maryland tributaries by 2025.

For information on the science behind oyster restoration, visit the NOAA Chesapeake Bay Office's website at www.chesapeakebay.noaa.gov

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