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Grow Oysters for CBF

Came across this, and thought some of you might be interested:

Volunteer Oyster Growers Sought by Chesapeake Bay Foundation

The Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF) seeks volunteers to grow oysters for Bay restoration purposes. CBF will conduct a training workshop for new oyster gardeners 9-10:30 a.m. Saturday, September 28, at Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, 66 Market Street, Onancock.

Advanced registration is required.

Oysters may be grown at private docks, marina slips, or anywhere with access to salty water. After a year, the mature oysters are then returned to CBF at a “Round Up” event and transplanted onto sanctuary oyster reefs in local creeks.

“Growing oysters with CBF is a very simple and highly rewarding endeavor –- definitely one of the most productive ways you can contribute to the recovery of Chesapeake Bay waters,” said Tanner Council, CBF Hampton Roads Grassroots Coordinator. “Oysters are prolific filterers and important players in the restoration of our waterways. People of all ages find great enjoyment nurturing these amazing creatures from baby ‘spat’ to mature oysters. And anyone with access to salty water can become an oyster gardener and learn how they can advance the comeback of the great Bay oyster and the Bay’s water quality.”

A $30 workshop fee is required to cover the cost of 1,000 native oyster seed (other materials must be purchased) and includes membership in CBF. To register, visit Hampton Roads, Virginia - New Oyster Gardeners - Chesapeake Bay Foundation, send an e-mail to cbfoystergardening@cbf.org, or call 757/622-1964. CBF’s oyster gardening program is sponsored in part by The Port of Virginia and Maersk Line Ltd.

Oyster populations have declined dramatically over the past decades, but CBF is working with the state of Virginia, other organizations, and local residents to restore them. CBF currently has more than 300 oyster gardening volunteers throughout Virginia raising oysters for restoration. Since 1996, CBF and its partners have grown or transplanted more than 47 million oysters and have helped build or restock more than 35 oyster reefs.
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Re: Grow Oysters for CBF

We are involved in this as is our club, Maryland Yacht Club and have a volunteer "planting" a few times a year. Its a great idea. Every little bit helps.

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Re: Grow Oysters for CBF

Dave,

Can you give us information as to how to participate here on Rock Creek? We have a dock and would love to share it with an oyer family!

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Re: Grow Oysters for CBF

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Dave,

Can you give us information as to how to participate here on Rock Creek? We have a dock and would love to share it with an oyer family!

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Found this on the CBF foundation website. There is a seminar in Annapolis this weekend:
New Oyster Gardener Workshop (MD)
Location: U.S. Naval Academy Greenbury Point Nature Center
289 Bullard Drive, Annapolis MD 21402

Sat, 14 Sep, 2013 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

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Each workshop participant will build a set of four oyster cages from wire mesh, which will hang from their dock or public marina. The workshop will help new gardeners learn how to maintain their oyster garden throughout the coming year. Participants also receive several thousand native baby oysters to begin the program. There is a first-time workshop fee of $75.

To ensure that we have enough oysters for each gardener,advance registration is required for all workshops. Friends, family members, and other helpers are welcome and encouraged to attend the workshop along with the principal gardener at no extra cost.


Location: U.S. Naval Academy Greenbury Point Nature Center
289 Bullard Drive, Annapolis MD 21402

Fees: $75
Contact: Meghan Hoffman, mhoffman@cbf.org
Calendar: CBF Maryland Events
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Re: Grow Oysters for CBF

Sounds like a good excuse to not clean your bottom. "No it is not fouled, I am raising oysters"
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Re: Grow Oysters for CBF

Thanks for the information! I will see if I can make it.

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