Oyster Recovery Partnership

Restoring Our Oyster. Cleaning Our Bay. Preserving Our Future. This is the mission of the Oyster Recovery Partnership (ORP) engage in numerous Chesapeake Bay-related projects by conducting science-based in-the-water and on-the-land recovery efforts, while conducting public outreach and education in our quest to protect our environment, our heritage, and our knowledge of the Chesapeake Bay, its marshes and rivers, and the life that it sustains


An Imperial Seafood Partner who specializes in artesian seafood producers who use environmentally sound practices and harvest species that are determined to be sustainable

Marine Stewardship Council

A third party certification company who focuses on fisheries management at the source

Local Abundance

Local Abundance provides education for people to establish fundamental principles of sustainability with regards to sourcing of their seafood purchasing.

Seafood Watch

Through better practices, we can create healthy, abundant oceans for everyone. Seafood Watch, a program of the Monterey Bay Aquarium, has always been about making this vision a reality. Working with consumers, fishermen, restaurants, retailers and suppliers, we've been making a difference since 1999.But there is still much to be done.

Fishing Methods


---- Seiners (large)

Seine nets are sometimes called surrounding nets. These nets use a variety of means to capture - from hand thrown to as many as four or five boats dragging the net around the harvest in the water, Seine nets typically do not drag the bottom so their effect on habitat of aquatic plant and shellfish is less than other methods.

Gill Net

---- gill net (large)

This is a straight line net which is dropped and often left overnight. The nets are efficient because the nets do not need steaming (or boat movement) to harvest. Thus this method inspires a better Carbon Fishprint rating.


---- trawlers (large)

Trawlers are vessels which drag the net behind the boat, using fuel constantly during the harvest method. Some trawlers do drag the bottom so there is effect on aquatic plant and shellfish life.

Hook & Line

---- hook and line (large)

This method is used to catch larger fish - different methods are used with pole and line, some more efficient than others - carbon speaking that is!


---- dredgers (large)

Dredgers are cages or nets with steel bottoms which drag along the bottom of the ocean floor. Used mostly in shellfish harvesting, like Scallops and Lobsters and Clams, this method uses more energy to move the net along the bottom - the method also disturbs the ocean floor aquatic plant life, thus further effecting its Carbon Fishprint.


---- pots and traps (large)

Pots and traps generally use the same method to capture their prey. Usually keeping traps and pots in a set or series of six to eight traps, the boat travels back and forth to get from one series to the next. Deeper ocean going vessels require larger carbon energy to operate and so their rating will be effected more by the distance to harvest than by the method. While the seiner will have the larger vessel stationary, the pot/trap method requires the vessel to always be traveling towards the next series - using fuel constantly in the process.

Distance From Shore for Catch

The distance from shore is critical both for the obvious reason - the distance, but also because the farther a vessel travels, usually the larger the motor(s) required to get the vessel in position, thus the farther the travel to harvest, the more significant the carbon use.