Virginia Wesleyan University is now part of a bold new coalition that aims to add billions of oysters to the Chesapeake Bay by 2025. Through its efforts, the Chesapeake 10 Billion Oysters Partnership will improve water quality, engage new constituencies, and drive economic benefits across the region.
This collaborative, multi-year initiative was launched last week—fittingly, on the same day Virginia Wesleyan was recognized by the Chesapeake Bay Foundation with its 2018 Conservationist of the Year award. The partnership has established its top three priorities as ensuring robust funding for oyster restoration, establishing sound science-based management that ensures sustainable harvest of the Bay's oyster population, and expanding the oyster aquaculture industries in Virginia and Maryland.
The coalition is made up of a diverse group of non-profits, community organizations, oyster growers, and others dedicated to helping recover the Bay’s oyster population. Among the partners are our friends from the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, Lynnhaven River NOW, the Elizabeth River Project, Pleasure House Oysters, Washington College, and the Virginia Institute of Marine Science. Other national partners include the Building Conservation Trust, the National Aquarium, and Restore America’s Estuaries.
“We are honored to be a partner in this initiative,” said President Miller. “Not only does it align with Virginia Wesleyan’s existing efforts to restore the Bay, but it creates tremendous learning opportunities for our community."
Learn more about this exciting new partnership at www.TenBillionOysters.org.