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Our Mission

The Chesapeake Baysavers is an Annapolis-based environmental nonprofit with a mission to restore the health of the Chesapeake Bay through legislative efforts, community outreach, hands-on restoration work, and environmental education programs for youth.

In order to accomplish our mission, Chesapeake BaySavers is made up of two separate entities that each play a vital role in restoring our beloved Chesapeake Bay:

Chesapeake Baysavers Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization with a mission to restore the health of the Chesapeake Bay through education, community outreach and hands-on environmental restoration work.

Chesapeake Baysavers, Inc. is a 501(c)(4) nonprofit organization whose mission is to preserve, protect and promote the health of the Chesapeake Bay through legislative efforts, with a focus on legislation that affects oysters.”

Our Cause

The founders of Chesapeake BaySavers believe that one way to help restore our glorious Bay’s health is to encourage the natural water cleansing process in which oysters play such an enormous role. A revitalization of the Chesapeake Bay can only be accomplished if there is a healthy oyster population in place. One adult oyster can filter up to 50 gallons of water in one day – that means a fully functioning oyster bed can filter up to 20,000 gallons a day!

It’s simple, oysters clean the Chesapeake Bay. We want to put oysters back in the Bay to do what they do so well. The Chesapeake BaySavers hopes to encourage hundreds of pier owners, community associations, waterfront municipalities, marinas, and homeowners to become stewards for the reconstruction of a healthy Chesapeake Bay.

We work closely with the Oyster Recovery Partnership, Maryland Department of Natural Resources, ClearShark H2O and others to further our oyster restoration efforts.