Oysters are a “Keystone” Species
Oysters are a “keystone” species, which act as the foundation of Chesapeake Bay habitat systems. As a filter feeder, they also work to remove nutrients while feeding on algae, and help clean and clear the water. Oysters are of the utmost importance to providing clean water, healthy fisheries, sustainable seafood, and ecological and economic health for Maryland.
CCA Maryland's Long Standing Interest in Oysters
There is a long history of conflict and complexity regarding the harvest and management of oysters in the Chesapeake Bay. There is also a long standing concern over the precipitous decline in oyster populations over the last many decades.
As recreational anglers who rely on healthy habitat and clean water, CCA Maryland has a long standing interest in oysters, both in the management of our wild fishery, growth of aquaculture, and restoration efforts. On April 1, 2015, CCA Maryland leaders sent the letter this letter to Maryland DNR to state our position on numerous topics related to oyster management. Many actions have occurred since our leaders wrote that 2015 letter, but the foundational principles still remain.
CCA Maryland Supports:
Oysters are a Major Focus of CCA Maryland's Advocacy Work
In the last many years we have: