Volunteers Dropping Reef Balls into Chesapeake Bay - WBOC-TV 16, Delmarvas News Leader, FOX 21 -

Volunteers Dropping Reef Balls into Chesapeake Bay

Posted: Updated:
Volunteers use crane to place reef balls into Chesapeake Bay Volunteers use crane to place reef balls into Chesapeake Bay

By Amy Lu

TILGHMAN ISLAND, Md. - Volunteers are dumping dozens of alien-like chunks of concrete into the Chesapeake Bay.

These concrete chunks have a name - reef balls. They each weigh between 200 to 300 pounds.

On Wednesday, volunteers dropped 140 of the reef balls into the bay, allowing them to sink to the bottom and stay there indefinitely.

The reef balls are covered in spat, or baby oysters, that will eventually grow into mature oysters. In time, the oysters will help filter the water and promote growth in a new reef habitat.

Capt. Karl Willie of the Chesapeake Bay Foundation is spearheading the project and hopes the volunteers' sacrifice will pay off.

"I love waking up at four in the morning and putting oysters in the water," he said with a smile.

Student volunteers first created the reef balls using molds. After they're coated with the spat, they're placed onto a ship and sent out.

Last year, 72 of the reef balls were dumped into the bay. Now in total, over 210 reef balls are now located off the coast of Tilghman Island.

In September, scientists plan to sample parts of the water where the reef balls are located. Their hope is that the water will be cleaner and safer for marine life.

  • Delmarvawide NewsDelmarvawide NewsMore>>

  • Scam Warnings In Wake of Hurricane Florence

    Scam Warnings In Wake of Hurricane Florence

    Thursday, September 20 2018 5:09 PM EDT2018-09-20 21:09:14 GMT
    Thursday, September 20 2018 5:09 PM EDT2018-09-20 21:09:26 GMT
    (Photo: MGN)(Photo: MGN)
    (Photo: MGN)(Photo: MGN)
    In the wake of Hurricane Florence, the Investor Protection Unit of the Delaware Department of Justice is warning investors to watch out for opportunistic investment or charitable scams.More
    In the wake of Hurricane Florence, the Investor Protection Unit of the Delaware Department of Justice is warning investors to watch out for opportunistic investment or charitable scams. More
  • Man Arrested After Fight Leads to Discharged Weapon in Laurel

    Man Arrested After Fight Leads to Discharged Weapon in Laurel

    Thursday, September 20 2018 4:53 PM EDT2018-09-20 20:53:01 GMT
    Thursday, September 20 2018 4:53 PM EDT2018-09-20 20:53:01 GMT
    Credit: WBOCCredit: WBOC
    Credit: WBOCCredit: WBOC
    Delaware State Police are investigating an assault that occurred September 19, where two subjects got into a fight before one suspect discharged a firearm into a wooded area.More
    Delaware State Police are investigating an assault that occurred September 19, where two subjects got into a fight before one suspect discharged a firearm into a wooded area.More
  • Updated: 4 Dead, Including Suspect, After Maryland Warehouse Shooting

    'Multiple Victims' Reported in Maryland Shooting

    Thursday, September 20 2018 10:40 AM EDT2018-09-20 14:40:27 GMT
    Thursday, September 20 2018 3:52 PM EDT2018-09-20 19:52:00 GMT
    Police tape outside a Rite Aid distribution center in Aberdeen, Maryland, which was the scene of a Thursday morning shooting that left several people dead. (Photo: CNN Newsource)Police tape outside a Rite Aid distribution center in Aberdeen, Maryland, which was the scene of a Thursday morning shooting that left several people dead. (Photo: CNN Newsource)
    Police tape outside a Rite Aid distribution center in Aberdeen, Maryland, which was the scene of a Thursday morning shooting that left several people dead. (Photo: CNN Newsource)Police tape outside a Rite Aid distribution center in Aberdeen, Maryland, which was the scene of a Thursday morning shooting that left several people dead. (Photo: CNN Newsource)
    A shooting at a Maryland warehouse claimed four lives Thursday, including a female suspect who shot herself in the head, authorities said. Several other people were wounded.More
    A shooting at a Maryland warehouse claimed four lives Thursday, including a female suspect who shot herself in the head, authorities said. Several other people were wounded.           More
  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Buoy Washes Ashore at Kent County Beach

    Buoy Washes Ashore at Kent County Beach

    Wednesday, September 19 2018 8:00 PM EDT2018-09-20 00:00:00 GMT
    Thursday, September 20 2018 7:46 AM EDT2018-09-20 11:46:48 GMT
    Like many recent visitors to Woodland Beach, Delaware, Christy Raughley was surprised to find a big green buoy sitting on the coast of the small Kent County community.More
    Like many recent visitors to Woodland Beach, Delaware, Christy Raughley was surprised to find a big green buoy sitting on the coast of the small Kent County community. More
  • DSP: Two Sussex County Men Facing Assault Charges

    DSP: Two Sussex County Men Facing Assault Charges

    Wednesday, September 19 2018 9:24 PM EDT2018-09-20 01:24:00 GMT
    Thursday, September 20 2018 7:29 AM EDT2018-09-20 11:29:26 GMT
    (L) Michael R. Milligan (R) Raymond M. Hitchens(L) Michael R. Milligan (R) Raymond M. Hitchens
    (L) Michael R. Milligan (R) Raymond M. Hitchens(L) Michael R. Milligan (R) Raymond M. Hitchens
    Delaware State Police said two Georgetown men were arrested on assault charges after they tried to repossess someone's car and sprayed him with mace.More
    Delaware State Police said two Georgetown men were arrested on assault charges after they tried to repossess someone's car and sprayed him with mace. More
  • Tangier Island Grabs International Attention

    Tangier Island Grabs International Attention

    Wednesday, September 19 2018 5:41 PM EDT2018-09-19 21:41:00 GMT
    Thursday, September 20 2018 7:33 AM EDT2018-09-20 11:33:51 GMT
    Aerial view of Tangier Island from Chopper 16.Aerial view of Tangier Island from Chopper 16.
    Aerial view of Tangier Island from Chopper 16.Aerial view of Tangier Island from Chopper 16.
    A small Accomack County island is in the global spotlight, thanks to erosion concerns and a phone call from the president. Tangier Island has seen an influx of visitors from South America, Europe, Russia and beyond.More
    A small Accomack County island is in the global spotlight, thanks to erosion concerns and a phone call from the president. Tangier Island has seen an influx of visitors from South America, Europe, Russia and beyond. More
  • Most Popular VideosMost Popular VideosMore>>

  • Tangier Island Grabs International Attention

    Tangier Island Grabs International Attention

    A small Accomack County island is in the global spotlight, thanks to erosion concerns and a phone call from the President.

    Tangier Island has seen an influx of visitors from South America, Europe, Russia and beyond. Peaking the interest of film crews, journalists, and writers from around the world. In the past year, the mayor of Tangier Island, Ooker Eskridge, said crews from 22 different countries have paid his town a visit.

    More

    A small Accomack County island is in the global spotlight, thanks to erosion concerns and a phone call from the president. Tangier Island has seen an influx of visitors from South America, Europe, Russia and beyond. 

    More
  • Buoy Washes Ashore at Kent County Beach

    Buoy Washes Ashore at Kent County Beach

    Recent visitors to Woodland Beach were surprised to find a big green buoy sitting on the coast of the small Kent County community.

    The buoy started cropping up in photos posted to social media last week, shortly after the remnants of Hurricane Gordon caused big high tides that may have dragged the naval guide to the beach.

    More

    Recent visitors to Woodland Beach were surprised to find a big green buoy sitting on the coast of the small Kent County community.

    The buoy started cropping up in photos posted to social media last week, shortly after the remnants of Hurricane Gordon caused big high tides that may have dragged the naval guide to the beach.

    More
  • Officials: 3 Killed in Shooting at Maryland Rite Aid Center

    Officials: 3 Killed in Shooting at Maryland Rite Aid Center

     Three people were killed Thursday morning in a shooting at a Rite Aid distribution center in northeast Maryland, officials said.           

    A law enforcement official with knowledge of the shooting stressed that the number of dead is based on preliminary information. The official wasn't authorized to discuss details by name and spoke on condition of anonymity to The Associated Press.     

    More

     Three people were killed Thursday morning in a shooting at a Rite Aid distribution center in northeast Maryland, officials said.           

    A law enforcement official with knowledge of the shooting stressed that the number of dead is based on preliminary information. The official wasn't authorized to discuss details by name and spoke on condition of anonymity to The Associated Press.     

    More
Powered by Frankly

All content © Copyright 2000 - 2018 WBOC. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy, and Terms of Service, and Ad Choices