Enviva Teams with Elizabeth River Project to Plant Oyster Beds

As of September 2011, Enviva is growing the equivalent of 3,000 spat oysters in floats, in three spat-on-shell oyster cages. The spat-on-shell method of growing oysters allows oyster larvae to ‘set’ on individual shells, ultimately producing natural oyster clusters that provide valuable reef habitat and protect individual spat from predation. The oysters will eventually be placed on a reef in Paradise Creek as part of the ongoing river restoration.

The Elizabeth River Project is a local non-profit incorporated in 1993, whose main objective is to restore the river systems environmental health by connecting government, businesses and community members.