Anne Arundel Complex Restoration

Magothy, Severn and South Rivers

In a September 5, 2018 press release, the department announced the intention to study and survey existing state oyster sanctuaries in Anne Arundel County, including the Severn River Sanctuary and to work with the local watershed associations to maximize the restoration potential in the tributaries (MD Department of Natural Resources 2018). Here is the restoration plan.​


Magothy River

The Magothy River sanctuary has seven historic oyster bars within its boundaries, Sillery Bay, Peach Hill, Welch, Persimmon, Black, Umphasis and Park. Of these, three have received substrate material, Park, Umphasis and Persimmon. Two other reefs, Dobbin Hill and Chest Neck were constructed and have received substrate material. The five reefs that have received substrate are the only areas that will support spat-on-shell restoration without the addition of substrate. Leases for private aquaculture occur within this tributary. No oyster projects will be conducted on these sites.

Severn River

The Severn River Sanctuary has twenty-seven historic oyster bars within the sanctuary boundaries. Based on the volume of surface shell volume from the 2012 patent tong survey, and areas that have alternate substrate there are six reefs that have bottom habitat that would support spat-on-shell plantings, Traces Hollow, Wade, Weems Upper, Peach Orchard, Chink Point and Tolly Point. Leases for private aquaculture occur within this tributary. No oyster projects will be conducted on these sites.

South River

There are seven historic oyster bars that are in the South River Sanctuary, five of which lie completely within the boundary (Rough Point, Beard Point, Duvall, Aberdeen and Almshouse) and two which are partially within the sanctuary (Brewer and Thunder and Lightning). There are three reef areas within the sanctuary that were constructed by the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, Little Aberdeen Creek (within Aberdeen Reef), Aberdeen Creek 2 and Edgewater Beach. The area referred to as Glebe Bay has received seed plantings and is the area where Marylanders Grow Oysters plant their young oysters annually. Based on the patent tong survey conducted by the department in 2014, the only historic oyster bar that has sufficient surface shell volume to support a spat-on-shell planting without adding substrate is Duvall.