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OYSTERS & YOU

Oysters Young oysters, called spat, are small, vulnerable and subject to predation in open waters. In your cages however, they can grow protected from smothering silt and most of the predators they normally face. By making your pier a temporary home and providing protection and care for the young oysters, you will give them an optimal start in life.

Through your participation, you will also create new life for the river. Many organisms will inhabit your cages, which will become miniature living oyster reefs suspended from your pier. Each time you pull up a cage you’ll view an abundance of aquatic life such as mud crabs, grass shrimp, worms, baby eels and minnows - an educational and inspiring experience for you and your family.

Additionally, the oysters in the cage will filter up to 100 gallons per hour eating algae, which is far too abundant in the Bay.

Given the oyster’s unique function as a keystone Bay species, Maryland and its partners have implemented a large scale native oyster restoration program; the oysters that you grow will support these efforts.

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Sponsors and Partners: MD Gov, DNR, Oyster Recovery Partnership, UMCES and DPSCS.