Careers don’t always STEM from childhood dreams
Kristen Donofrio measures baby oysters, or spat, a month after placing the first batch into oyster floats in the Elizabeth River behind Fort Norfolk. Norfolk District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is partnering with local schools to build a sanctuary oyster reef along the shores of the district's property, which will help clean the water in the Elizabeth River. The decline in the oyster population has been a result of over-harvesting and disease, according to Laurie Carroll Sorabella, director of Oyster Reef Keepers of Virginia, Inc., and instructor for other teachers in the Hampton Roads area who are interested in making oyster floats and building sanctuaries. According to statistics, the current oyster population in the Chesapeake Bay is less than 1 percent of its population when John Smith came to Virginia in the early 17th century and described oysters as “big as dinner plates.”

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