Shipping and logistics company the CMA CGM Group is partnering with the Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF) to join the Chesapeake Oyster Alliance.
The Chesapeake Oyster Alliance, the largest independent conservation organization dedicated to saving the Chesapeake Bay, is a broad coalition of more than 75 partner organizations in Maryland and Virginia working towards adding 10 billion new oysters to the Chesapeake Bay by 2025. With this partnership, CMA CGM commits to supporting the planting of 5.5 million juvenile oysters.
Oyster populations in the Chesapeake Bay have plummeted to a tiny fraction of their historic levels due to pollution, overharvesting and disease. Oysters provide critical purification of the Chesapeake Bay by filtering water as they feed. One adult oyster can filter up to 50 gallons of water a day. Oyster reefs also provide habitat to more than 300 species, help stabilize shorelines and support surrounding economies.
After Friday’s announcement, CMA CGM staff members constructed the future homes of nearly 100,000 juvenile oysters that will be tended by volunteers in the Chesapeake Bay Foundation’s oyster gardening program. These gardeners will raise the oysters in cages hung from docks. Once a year has passed, the oysters will be placed on a restored reef protected from harvest.