Chesapeake Baysavers is an Annapolis based environmental organization whose mission is to restore the health of the Chesapeake Bay. Chesapeake Baysavers is dedicated to restoring all of the Bay's natural resources. It is apparent that the key to restoring the health of the Bay is to rebuild the population of oysters. The oysters are the filters of the Bay and no revitalization effort will be successful without them.
To help accomplish these goals, Chesapeake Baysavers is made up of two separate non-profits that each play a vital role.
- Chesapeake Baysavers Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit whose mission is to restore the health of the Chesapeake Bay through youth education programs, community outreach and hands on environmental work.
- Chesapeake Baysavers, Inc is a 501(c)(4) non-profit whose mission is to preserve, protect and promote the oyster population of the Chesapeake Bay through legislative efforts in helping to pass laws beneficial to the oyster population. For information on this organization please go to the Legislative Action heading of this website.
Life threatening flesh eating bacteria cases (vibrio) have risen dramatically in Maryland, specifically in regard to exposure in the waters of the Chesapeake Bay. The number of cases in Maryland reached a 10 year high with 57 reported cases according to the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. There have been 27 reported cases in Virginia so far this year, compared to 8 last year.
By way of comparison, nationwide there are usually about 95 cases per year - approximately 35 of which are fatal.
Two Big Oyster Poaching Busts in One Week!!
On Wednesday night, January 15, the police stopped a tractor- trailer on its way to Virginia full of Oysters illegally harvested oysters from Maryland waters. Working by the illumination of the their vehicle headlights 17 officers measured every single oyster and more than 50 bushels were returned to a Maryland Eastern Shore sanctuary. These oysters are vitally needed to filter the Chesapeake Bay.
Maryland Taxpayers have spent millions of dollars on rebuilding the the oyster population of Harris Creek as part of a massive effort to replenish the oyster population needed to filter the Chesapeake Bay. Chesapeake BaySavers was advised of the following by the Natural Resources police. The Maryland Natural Resources Police Tuesday, January 14,charged four men with power dredging for oysters in the Harris Creek Sanctuary in Tilghman Island.
Officers charged Bartlett Wade Murphy Jr., 39, and Benjamin Murphy, 62, both of Tilghman Island, with removing oysters from a sanctuary beyond 150 feet. Murphy was also charged with improper tagging of an oyster container. Both men are scheduled to appear in Talbot District Court on March 20.
Officers also charged Willis Leanard Coleman Jr., 59 of Cambridge, and Robert Andrew Walker, 43 of Hurlock, with removing oysters from sanctuary within 150 feet. Both men are scheduled to appear in Talbot District Court on April 17.