James River

Keep a watchful eye on the oysters

When the protected status of oyster sanctuaries is threatened by hostile legislation, the health of our entire Chesapeake Bay is threatened. I therefore urge the people of Virginia to remain vigilant towards oyster- and Bay-related issues.

As an individual who has spent a large amount of time with oyster aquaculture, I have come to appreciate the great value these creatures lend to the Bay. Did you know a single oyster can filter 50 gallons of water every day? When John Smith explored the Chesapeake in 1607, there were so many oysters they filtered the entire Bay every day!

But oysters have suffered massive population loss, and some of our legislators disregard the plight of...