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Grant to boost oyster reef efforts on Va river

Wednesday - 10/23/2013, 9:50am  ET

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) -- A federal grant will boost oyster reef work on Virginia's Lafayette River.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's National Marine Fisheries Service announced more than $6 million in habitat restoration grants Tuesday for projects in Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts and Virginia.

The Virginian-Pilot ( reports a $434,000 grant was awarded to the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, which plans to add 2.5 acres of oyster reef on the Lafayette River next year.

A news release says the oyster reefs will create habitat for black sea bass and other fish.

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