Oyster Pick-Ups This June



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.

As a token of our appreciation, we would like to invite you to our 2nd Annual Oyster Social which will be held June 13th at 5:30 pm at the Tidewater Inn of Easton. Drinks and hors d’oeuvres will be served and you will have the opportunity to mingle with other participants and share experiences about growing your oyster gardens. This will be a fun event so save the date, and we hope that you can make it! (A formal invitation will follow).

Finally, when we pick up your cages, we will be providing you with instructions on how you can utilize our website www.oystersforthebay.com, in order to enter in your oyster gardening data as well as dialogue and share experiences with other oyster gardeners. We hope you will participate so that we can continue to compile information on the real results from our initiative.

The very best way to increase the number of people who are growing oysters is for current participants to encourage fellow dock owners to participate in the available programs. May we request that you ask your neighbor, or any other dock owners you know, to join you at the upcoming oyster social? Our Oyster Reef Recovery Initiative has the potential to grow exponentially if we all make an effort to spread the word!

Warmest regards and wishes,

Scott W. Eglseder