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.
We had an AMAZING turnout of players and sponsors all doing their part to save the oyster population of the Bay. Many people said it was the BEST golf tournament they had ever played. THANK YOU !!!!!! We raised a great amount of money and now we can go back to our work!
As part of its educational outreach program, BaySavers participated in an Earth Day using fun activities to teach over 100 four and five year old children the importance of oysters in the Bay! It was so much fun and so important.
Some of the best musicians and bands in Maryland (the country!!) including The Golden Road, Sweet Leda, Jimmie Haha and Doug Segree Thrio united at Union Jacks for a great day of music to raise money for the Bay. It was so great! We raised thousands of dollars to improve the quality of life for our children and grandchildren.
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.