The Man O’War Oyster Shoal is a vital part of the Chesapeake bay, providing a reef for wildlife feeding and spawning while natural cleaning millions of gallons of water.

In a time of environmental awareness, it’s a shame that any organizations or individuals in the United States would promote the destruction of any oyster reef, especially one as large as the Man O’War.

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The shoals pictured in red above the Man O’War have already been dredged, often permanently beyond recovery, as a Waterman mentions about half way through the following video.

One point of the story very few are talking about – another purpose to cutting or “dredging” out this oyster shoal is so another industry – shipping can cut through easier if they cut away. That doesn’t sound as good as “helping other fisherman” however.

We need these oysters for the health of the bay.