Summer is coming and it is time again for us to gather the oyster cages and transplant the oysters you have grown onto protected, state-sponsored oyster reefs. We will pick up the cages from your residence on May 31st or June 1st. You will be receiving a phone call from Kelsey Harned shortly in order to schedule a convenient time for us to come by and pick up your oyster cages.
We would like to sincerely thank you for your time, dedication, and participation in the Chesapeake Bay “Advance & Protect” Oyster Reef Recovery Initiative. It took decades for the oyster population in our bay to fall to the current record low level, and it will take consistent and continued effort from caring citizens, like you, in order for us to rehabilitate our oyster reefs. So, again, THANK YOU for being a part of the solution and we hope that you will be able to participate in the program for years to come. (more…)
The 2nd Annual Shred Fest, hosted by our founding sponsor Eglseder Wealth Management Group, Inc was a tremendous success! Throughout the day we had a huge turnout of people and the atmosphere was definitely a festive one.
Aside from having an opportunity to rid their lives of sensitive, outdated documents, the participants also had a chance to visit with some vendors that were in attendance for the event. One of the most popular attractions of the day was the free antique appraisals given by Charlene Upham Antiques. (more…)
As oyster stewards, the care you provide your young spat is crucial. While the wire cages protect the developing oysters from predators and burial in the mud or sandy bottom, you are needed to fully protect the spat until it is time to relocate them on an oyster sanctuary reef next spring. Periodic cleaning and attention to how the cages are hanging from your pier will enhance oyster growth & survival.
HANGING YOUR CAGES
Cages should be tied off about one foot below the surface of the water at low tide: this will keep the oysters in the water and alive. If the tide drops lower than normal, brief exposure to the air is not an issue as long as the air temperature is above freezing. In the winter it is essential that the oysters remain underwater whenever there is a chance of freezing air temperatures. Winter tides can drop very low so careful observation is needed to make sure the oysters are always in the water. (more…)
The health of the bay is getting better, but there is still a long way to go!
A recent article published by The Chesapeake Bay Foundation reports that the health of the bay has had a 10% improvement in less than five years. Of the 13 indicators used to generate the report, there was marked improvement in five categories with only one category in decline. (more…)
Over this past weekend, we got to lace up our running shoes and do some awkward stretching, all to run in The Horn Point Laboratory’s Spat Dash & 5k run.
Needless to say, the event was certainly a physical challenge, but it was also a ton of fun!
Because not everyone from the Oyster Reef Recovery Initiative could make the event, we even had a few team members participate as “Sleep Walkers” (people that are there in spirit and have donated to the cause).
Additionally, a big congratulations goes out to our founder, Scott Eglseder, for winning the bronze medal in his age group. Wohoo!
It was a wonderful event and we can’t wait it to come back around next year.
This year’s Oyster Delivery couldn’t have gone better. Because oysters cannot be out of the water for more than a few hours, coordinating the deliveries can be somewhat of a logistical symphony. Fortunately, we were able to deliver cages to all of our 32 households throughout Talbot & Queen Annes.
After only a week of having their cages, we already have quite a few of our growers logging their results on our website. Our growers are the best! (more…)
We would like to thank all of our clients who were able to attend the 3rd Annual Client Appreciation Crab Feast on Saturday, September 22nd. We were blessed with gorgeous, warm fall weather and the company of people who have become like family to us over the years. The food, catered by Chesapeake Bay Seafood Caterers, was as delicious as ever. They dished out steamed crabs, succulent sweet corn, and all the fixings to 140 people without missing a beat! (more…)
We are gearing up for our 2nd year of oyster growing here at The Chesapeake Bay “Advance & Protect” Oyster Reef Recovery Initiative, and we are so glad that you have decided to grow this year! In the first year of our oyster deliveries, we delivered 33 cages to growers in the area. In our second year of oyster deliveries, we will be delivering 106 cages! Whoooo hooooo! We are thrilled with the growth that our program has made in just one year! We couldn’t have done it without you and your dock!
The delivery date for this year is: Friday, September 28th 2012 (more…)
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