Maryland's Historic Oyster Bars


The following map shows the boundaries of Maryland's historic oyster bottom. The oyster bars depicted are not the legally defined oyster bar boundaries of current Maryland law but rather the traditional oyster bar boundaries where watermen have traditionally harvested oysters for centuries. For more information about this dataset and the boundaries shown, click to access the document Maryland's Historic Oyster Bottom: A Geographic Representation of the Traditional Named Oyster Bars.

Downloadable zipped gpx file representing center points of all historic oyster bars, includes the common names of each bar.

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Ecological Restoration

Working closely with our partners to rehabilitate degraded habitat, improved bar quality and to plant disease-free hatchery oysters

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Helping individuals or business persons apply for leases

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Commercial Fishing

Provide resources to watermen about the public oyster fishery

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Monitoring and Assessment

Collecting data to guide decisions regarding protection, restoration and commercial harvest of oysters in Maryland.

Citizen Outreach

Initiated in 2008, the citizen outreach program know as Marylanders Grow Oysters is managed by the Maryland Department of Natural Resources in conjunction with the Oyster Recovery Partnership, the University of Maryland and local organizations.