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.