A generous donor is matching up to $10,000 in donations for the final 24 hours of the Bay Paddle! GIVE NOW to double the amount of oysters your dollars will plant!

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DAY 8 RECAP: September 25, 2020

Pungateague Creek, VA to Cape Charles, VA

The Bay Paddle is an epic, 200+ mile journey by standup paddleboard to raise awareness and funds for Oyster Recovery Partnership. You can help by donating $10, which plants 1,000 oysters back into Bay waters. DONATE HERE or text BAYPADDLE to 44-321.


186 miles complete / 200+ total miles
(35 miles today!)

$160,033 raised / $200,000

16 million oysters raised / 20 million


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(As noted by Bay Paddle partner Bryan Kent Gomes, Educational Director, ClearSharkH2O)
  • Today we headed out from the mouth of Pungateague Creek.
  • The Bay was so flat and calm we knew we could knock out a big mileage day.
  • We saw lots of boats and friends of Chris' out on the water cheering us on and being very supportive. They had a great playlist going for much of the afternoon!
  • We hit a bit of a walk around mile 30 but with food, water, stretching and lots of encouragement we were able to paddle all the way into Cape Charles beach.
  • On a single low - I lost my wide-brimmed hat that I've paddled in for years (maybe with WILSON, Tom Hanks' Castaway volleyball). It's somewhere out in the ocean now :(
  • Wind was LIGHT most of the day!
  • The waves were non existent - like a pond - what a difference from yesterday!
  • And the weather was cloudy and rainy for most of the day - it cleared up in the afternoon for our victory lap into Cape Charles Beach!


  • Water Quality Data at Harborton  Landing. Turbidity = 84, pH = 7.8  Salinity = 22ppt, Temperature =18C(65F)
  • Wildlife sightings: cormorants, gulls, many brown pelicans (check out pics of them on oyster cages near Cape Charles harbor) and a bald eagle.  New species: Belted Kingfisher and Least Tern
Pelicans on oyster cages
Photo credit: BKG, ClearSharkH2O


  • Virginia’s 23 barrier islands once had thriving communities but today are deserted and protected by strict conservation measures. The longest stretch of undeveloped barrier islands on America’s Atlantic coast, these islands are a United Nations World Biosphere Reserve and wild ecosystems like this are increasingly rare worldwide. (Source: Visit VA Blog)


  • The Piankatank River oyster restoration blueprint calls for 438 acres of healthy oyster reef in the river. As of the end of 2020, 88 acres remained to be restored. “This project, when completed, will be the largest shellfish restoration project on the planet,” said Andy Lacatell, Virginia Chesapeake Bay director for The Nature Conservancy (TNC) in Richmond. “So, this is not just locally important, but globally important.” Learn more. Over $4 million have been invested in the Piankatank restoration project by The Nature Conservancy ($800,000), the US Army Corps of Engineers ($2 million), NOAA ($540,000) and the Virginia Marine Resources Commission ($1,000,000).
  • Want to track the oyster restoration partners' progress toward goals for large-scale oyster restoration projects in 10 Chesapeake Bay tributaries? The tracker at is updated annually.


The Bay Paddle crew will complete their journey, crossing into the Atlantic Ocean!

A generous donor is matching up to $10,000 in donations for the final 24 hours of the Bay Paddle! GIVE NOW to double the amount of oysters your dollars will plant!

$10 plants 1,000 oysters

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