Our Goal: To Observe Chesapeake Bay Oyster Reef Ecosystems using Submarine Cameras

1. We Are Video-Documenting Oyster Reefs in the Galesville, Maryland Areas of The Chesapeake Bay Aboard 'La Mia Stella' Sailboat.

2. We are Sharing Video and Data Collected with Key Scientists and Citizens Helping The Oysters Using Advanced Underwater Photography.

3. We are Educating Citizens and Engaging The Public with Hands-On Use of Equipment in a Fun Environment.

But We Need Help! Please Donate Here

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

How Are We Getting to The Oyster Reefs?

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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 Videorayâ„¢ 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.

Click Here to Donate and Help us Help The Oysters!

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.