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Scientists Working to Save Chesapeake Bay Oyster Population

US - The Chesapeake Bay, on the Atlantic coast, is the largest estuary in the United States. It is famous for its seafood, especially crabs and oysters. </b> <br><br> However, in the last century, the bay&#39;s oyster population has been in steady decline. <br><br> For hundreds of years, watermen of the Chesapeake Bay have made a living by harvesting oysters. In the last 50 years, the number of oysters has declined dramatically. <br><br> Tommy Leggett is an Oyster Restoration and Fisheries scientist with the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, an environmental organization that works to protect the bay&#39;s resources. &quot;Our population is down to one to three percent of historical levels. So, consequently our bay&#39;s water quality is down,&quot; Leggett said. <br><br> Graham Blake grew up on Sarah Creek, a tributary to the bay. His father and grandfather made a good living as watermen by harvesting, transplanting, fattening, and then re-harvesting oysters from the creek. <br><br> <i>Source: VoA</i>

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