Chesapeake Bay Oyster Recovery Project Piankatank River, Virginia

Project Scope

The Piankatank River Oyster Recovery Project phase one consists of constructing more than 25 acres of artificial reef habitats using granite rock as the base material. The reef will be built using either an excavator or clam-shell bucket to minimize disturbance to the ecosystem. This is the first of multiple phases for the project, and upon completion of all phases the project will include 190 acres of new oyster reef habitat as well as rehabilitation of 30 acres of existing habitat. 


704B of the Water Resources Development Act of 1986


The Piankatank River Oyster Recovery Project is one of a number of recovery projects throughout the Chesapeake Bay in Maryland and Virginia. The overall goal of the Chesapeake Bay Native Oyster Recovery Project is the restoration of a self-sustaining oyster population, which enhances oyster recruitment locally, and improves the environmental quality of the Chesapeake Bay  

Construction Cost

Phase 1 = $2,080,770

Split between cost share partners, 75% federal and 25% non-federal. 



Project Location

Project Map

Project Contact

803 Front Street
Norfolk, VA 23508

Project Partners

 The Nature Conservancy  Virginia Marine Resources Commission