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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

  •  A thank you from Governor Martin O'Malley for taking part in this project.  Download a document with a message from Governor O'Malley and more information on being a partner in this project.
  • What do I do with my cage in the winter when the creek freezes over?
    Don't worry as long as you lowered your cage to just above the bottom. The cage must be totally under water at all times for the oysters to survive. Your oysters will not freeze.

  • Do I need to feed my oysters?
    No. Oysters eat algae and the Bay provides it for them.

  • What if my oyster cage becomes heavily fouled?
    Scrub your cage with a brush (no detergent or soap) and dip it in the water or hose it down. This accumulation of fouling organisms (similar to what grows on your piling) is normal but can accumulate and become a nuisance.

  • Can I eat the oysters I grow?
    No. First, the oysters are not safe to eat because they grow close to the shoreline. The oyster seafood industry is highly regulated and waters where oysters are harvested are carefully monitored to ensure that the seafood is safe for human consumption. Second, the oysters are too small after only one year. Finally, this project was created to grow oysters only for restoration purposes.,

  • What do I do if I can no longer care for the oysters and want them removed?
    Please contact DNR by emailing oysters@dnr.state.md.us with your request.

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