Working to enhance and restore marine habitat is paramount to the success of our conservation efforts. In Chesapeake Bay, the oyster population and submerged aquatic vegetation coverage are all time lows. These habitats are the very foundation of life in the region.
Our Habitat Committee works to engage chapters, educators, local communities, and numerous local partners that support our habitat work here in Maryland. Thanks to our national partners at the Building Conservation Trust, CCA’s National Habitat Program we are increasing the positive impact that we can on our local ecosystem through habitat enhancement and restoration.
If you are interested in becoming more involved with our habitat efforts and decisions the committee makes, please contact us.
Join CCA Maryland & Building Conservation Trust on the Chesapeake Bay July 28th at Noon as we deploy our first load of 72 Reef Balls all seeded with Oyster spat at Tilghman Island artificial reef site. For questions about our upcoming reef ball deployment, Contact Rick Elyar at 410-977-3782 or email@example.com Coordinates: 38° 41′ 32.295″ … Read more
Kenny’s commitment to the world’s waters is as deep as his commitment to the No Shoes Nation. Having kicked off the No Shoes Reefs project in the St. Johns River, he wanted to find new ways to bring awareness, through the No Shoes Nation and tailgating together – and reached out to ENGEL, the original … Read more
Fourth graders at Linton Springs Elementary School helped build 20 concrete reef balls as part of the Coastal Conservation Association of Maryland’s Living Reef Action Campaign. The reef balls will provide habitat for oysters to begin rebuilding a reef. Right now, oyster population in the Chesapeake Bay is at less than 1 percent of its … Read more
By: Christina Jedra Contact Reporter: firstname.lastname@example.org Masonry students at the Center for Applied Technology North in Severn already have brick laying, concrete mixing and wall building on their resumes. This week, they added reef ball construction. Junior and senior students learned on Wednesday how to make concrete balls on which baby oysters can latch. The gumdrop-shaped … Read more
By: Michel Elben, Carroll County Times March 2, 2016 Carefully smoothing out concrete inside a bell-shaped structure with a rubber mallet, Francis Scott Key High School senior and masonry student Sarah Kramer worked with Chesapeake Bay Foundation employees Wednesday afternoon to create reef balls at the Carroll County Career and Technology Center in Westminster. The reef … Read more
By: Michel Elben Carroll County Times June 2, 2016 The friendly competition between STEM fourth-graders was another phase of the Living Reef Action Campaign, a partnership between the Coastal Conservation Association of Maryland and Carroll County Public Schools to restore nearly 3 million wild oysters to the Chesapeake Bay. (Dylan Slagle and Ulysses Munoz / … Read more
By: Jon Kelvey, Carroll County Times October 10, 2015 It was a refreshingly cool autumn afternoon in Westminster, where the trees had changed color, as if by magic to mark the season, colorful canopies dotted downtown, and the breeze carried the faint aroma of, well, the bay. This was the first-ever Downtown Westminster Oyster Stroll on … Read more
By Lois Szymanski, Contact Report Jul 15, 2015 A small group of conservationists in Carroll County has started a movement that they hope will make a big difference in the recovery of the Chesapeake Bay. According to Rick Elyar, president of the Westminster-based Central Region chapter of the Coastal Conservation Association of Maryland, recycling oyster … Read more
Posted 9:37 AM, October 14, 2015, by Kara Duffy, Updated at 09:52am, October 15, 2015 Taste and tradition are coming together once again with this weekend marking the York County Heritage Trust’s 41st Annual Oyster Festival. The event will feature oysters, seafood, beer and wine, as well as live music and artisan demonstrators. It’ll be … Read more
July 20th at 6pm, come experience a winning combination of fine dining & good company, all while toasting to conservation. The all-inclusive evening, hosted by Baldwin’s Station in Sykesville, Md, invites guests to indulge in a savory 6 course offering of creative concoctions of oysters and sea bass to celebrate CCA’s habitat restoration efforts taking place in the … Read more