Chesapeake Bay using biogenic reef structures

Creating living shorelines for natural shoreline erosion control.

Oyster restoration in the Chesapeake Bay using biogenic reef structures.

Living Shoreline and Oyster Habitats for the Chesapeake Bay

A Biogenic Reef is a man-made structure that supports oysters and their succeeding generations and creates living shorelines.

A typical structure maintains 80-100 mature oysters and the original structure shape becomes unrecognizable as reef grows into a natural habitat.

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Ready Reef’s Living Shorelines Combating Shoreline Erosion

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Living Shorelines Combating Shoreline Erosion

As the living sill for a Living Shoreline, oysters protected the marsh toe during normal tides. The marsh grass roots the bottom sediments in place and captures any damaging runoff from the uplands. There was little erosion when Capt. John Smith made these observations about the clear and fabulously productive waters in the Bay.

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Ready Reef’s Biogenic Reef Habitat Benefits Oyster Restoration

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Biogenic Reef Habitat Benefits Oyster Regeneration

The oyster population is now 1% of what is was in the late 1800's.

  • Consistent Oyster Production
  • Creates A Natural Habitat
  • Shoreline Erosion Control
  • Naturally Cleans the Bay

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Why Ready Reef

Why Ready Reef

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Why Ready Reef

Since 2012 Ready Reef has been building and installing permanent restoration methodology to oyster re-establishment in the Chesapeake Bay.

Ready Reef Biogenic Reef Structures - the future of the Chesapeake Bay.

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