Marylanders Grow Oysters
in the St. Mary’s River

June 10, 2009

The Marylanders Grow Oysters program is designed to foster stewardship of the Chesapeake Bay and create living oyster reef populations in sanctuaries.

In St. Mary's River, citizen volunteers tend to young oysters in wire mesh cages suspended from their piers for the oysters’ first year of life. The oysters require minimal care – mostly rinsing the cages every two weeks. After a year, the oysters will be collected and placed in an oyster sanctuary on the St. Mary’s River.

Oysters are important because thclean the ey water, are a vital part of the food web, and create living reefs that attract fish and other aquatic species.

The Association is seeking dock owners on the tidal St. Mary’s River, St. Inigoes Creek, St. George Creek, and Carthagena Creek to participate in the project and act as caretakers for oysters in their first year of life. Cages and spat will be distributed to volunteers at no charge in August.

If you are interested in participating please contact the St. Mary’s River Watershed Association at info@StMarysRiver.org. You can learn more about the St. Mary’s River Watershed Association at www.SMRWA.org and Marylanders Grow Oysters at www.oysters.maryland.gov.

The Association will be working in partnership with the Coastal Conservation Association Maryland, Historic St. Mary’s City Museum, and St. Mary’s College of Maryland.

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