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.
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.