SOLOMONS, Md. (AP) — Retirees on Solomons Island are helping boost the Chesapeake Bay’s oyster population.

 

Oysters raised in cages beneath a community pier will be moved Tuesday morning onto a man-made reef built into a breakwater near the campus of the Asbury-Solomons Island retirement community.

 

Organizers say many of the retirees have watched the decline of the bay’s oyster population over the years and want to protect them for future generations.

 

The retirement community raised the oysters in partnership with the Southern Maryland Oyster Cultivation Society. The reef near the retirement community is one of eight the organization maintains.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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