Inmates Make Oyster Cages, Plant Hope for a Cleaner Bay

Oct. 9, 2014 - The state of Maryland is running an innovative oyster gardening program to help improve the water quality of the Chesapeake Bay and bring back the bay's natural filters. Using baby oysters (called spat) provided by the University of Maryland and cages built by inmates at a Maryland prison, volunteers tend to the oysters for a year. The full-grown oysters are then harvested and delivered to sanctuary reefs in the Chesapeake, where they will start the filtering process and provide habitat for other bay species.