We Have Two Goals:

1. Offer to many people the opportunity to see first hand how oysters clean the Chesapeake Bay.

2. Raise $16,000 to make that possible.

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The Oyster Reef Observation Project

The Oyster Reef Observation Project addresses the problem of the environmental pollution of the waters of the Chesapeake Bay. We all know there is not much action on an oyster reef! It is just "there". But each oyster filters, and therefore cleans, the water in which it lives - as much as 50 gallons of water each day. We intend to provide underwater observations of the diverse and complex

marine life that the oyster reef sustains. We also will record the water quality on the reef as underwater observations are made.

The recorded underwater video images will provide new and essential data to research

institutions, advocacy organizations, and all organizations and groups involved in the Chesapeake Bay environmental restoration efforts. Individuals who make financial contributions to the project are invited to participate in our underwater video recording and data gathering activity.

How Will We Accomplish our Goals?

1. Purchasing the equipment needed to video document the work of oysters’ reefs in the Galesville, Md. areas of the Chesapeake Bay aboard sail and powerboats.

2. Sharing the videos and data collected with key scientists and contributors using advanced underwater photography.

3. Engaging and educating the public with hands-on use of the equipment in a wholesome and fun environment.


All Data Collected Will Be Posted Here, at ChesapeakeAction.org, Free to Use by Anyone!


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The vessel is the two-cabin yacht “La Mia Stella”, whose home is in Galesville, Maryland. La Mia Stella is owned and operated by Jack Baringer and Michela Perrone, 25 year sailors of the Chesapeake Bay and administrator of the project.

How Are We Recording the Oyster Reefs?

We are raising funds to purchase a Videoray™ Remote video camera and the necessary technology associated with it. It is the culmination of more than a decade of underwater ROV design and development from one of the most recognizable names in the ROV industry.

Who Is Benefitting from The Data and Video Collected?

We are providing private donors, marine biologists, and non-profit organizations like The Chesapeake Bay Foundation and the Chesapeake Bay River Keepers the opportunity to collect their own data or share from others. All video and data collected is provided digitally to these entities. We are also publishing all data, right here on ChesapeakeAction.org.

Why Are We Raising Funds?

Although we have the mode of transportation, the infrastructure, and plan, we still need funds to secure the Videoray underwater camera. It is integral to advancing the knowledge we have of the Chesapeake Bay Oyster Population.


Where Are We Observing and Documenting Oysters?

La Mia Stella is sailing the West and Rhode Rivers in The Chesapeake Bay. The Chesapeake Bay Foundation has built reef sites using oyster and clam shells of varying deposits. Each of these sites are built using 20 to 260 tons depending on the location in these two rivers! Click Here to View an Interactive map of their reef sites.