The Oyster Expo held at the Eastern Shore Conservation Center in Easton on Wednesday night, Nov. 18, was a time for the general public to learn about efforts to restore the Chesapeake Bay’s oyster population. It was also a night when local watermen vented their frustrations over issues surrounding their livelihood.

Many of the scientific and environmental organizations involved in the Choptank River Complex’s oyster restoration efforts were represented at the event, which was organized by the Chesapeake Bay Foundation.

Also represented was the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Chesapeake Bay Office, the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science’s Horn Point Laboratory, the Paynter Laboratory, the Maryland Department of Natural Resources Cooperative Oxford Laboratory and Fisheries Service, the Oyster Recovery Partnership, the Midshore Riverkeeper Conservancy, the Nature Conservancy, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Phillips Wharf Environmental Center.

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