A Cleaner Chesapeake Oysters promoting a healthier ecosystem

Iain Kelly, the dockmaster for the Annapolis Yacht Club, is a small part of a massive effort to clean the Chesapeake Bay, but instead of taking trash out of the bay, Kelly is putting something in it. Underneath the 6th Street Bridge, Kelly is piling hundreds of pounds of spat, or young oysters.

Because oysters are filter feeders, once they mature, the oyster reef will clean the water around the docks of the club. In time, this reef and others throughout the bay could restore the murky waters to a level of clarity not seen since the 19th century.

Iain Kelly, the dockmaster at the Annapolis Yacht Club pulls a bag of spat, or baby oysters, from shallow water around the club's dock on the Chesapeake Bay. A marine scientist, Kelly is placing the spat in deeper water around the dock to create an oyster reef. Kelly believes that this reef and many others like it will filter the water and restore it to a level of clarity not seen since the 19th century. (U.S. Navy photo by Chief Mass Communication Specialist Christopher D. Blachly)

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Navy Chief Mass Communication Specialist Christopher Blachly

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