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8:28 am
Tue October 8, 2013

Artificial Reefs in Choptank Near Cambridge

Oyster Reef Balls
Oyster Reef Balls
Credit Chesapeake Bay Foundation

CAMBRIDGE, Md. (AP) - An artificial oyster reef made up of 300 concrete balls has been completed in the Choptank River.

The reef was finished Saturday in the Bill Burton Fishing Pier adjacent to the Fredrick C. Malkus Bridge in Cambridge.    

The two foot-tall igloo-like reef balls were set with baby oysters, or spat, by submerging them in large tanks of Chesapeake Bay water.   

The reef balls were deployed throughout the summer.                                                                                                           

The project was conducted by the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, the Maryland Artificial Reef Initiative and the Maryland Department of Natural Resources.