This is Site 1 in the West River Oyster project. It has been established on a leased oyster bottom in which a portion of the lease has been donated to POWeR by the leaseholder in memory of Elmer Carroll Benning.
The reef consists of 1/2 acre.
This is site 2 in the West River Oyster project. The lease is held by DJ Springuel. It was planted with 3/4 million spat on July 6, 2005 by CBF. No oysters from gardeners or other adult oysters will be placed on this site in order to see how well the spat do.
The reef consists of 1/3 acre.
This is site 3 in the West River Oyster project. The lease is held by DJ Springuel. It was planted with spat on July 17, 2007 by CBF. No oysters from gardeners or other adult oysters will be placed on this site in order to see how well the spat do.
The reef consists of 2.5 acres.
May 17, 2012 - Sampled by Steve, DJ and Joe Ports - Click for larger images
May 16, 2011 - Sampled by Steve and DJ - Click for larger images
May 29, 2008 - Sampled by Steve and DJ
August 8, 2007 - Oysters from site 2 were sampled by CBF and density recorded. Compare with the samples from November 14, 2006. The oysters are doing amazingly well.
November 14, 2006 - Oysters from both reef sites were sampled. Note the growth since May. At site 1, oysters up to 140mm were found. The density at both sites is 250-300 per square meter.
A 140mm oyster from Site 1
May 29, 2006 - Oysters from both reef sites were sampled. Both show excellant growth and many large clumps of oysters. Both have clearly done well since last year. At site 1 the oysters measured between 80-120mm with an average of 100mm. At site 2 they ranged from 40-90mm with an average of 60mm. There were many Naked Gobies brought up with these oysters.
May 2005 - A sampling of oysters from the bottom shows that the reef is thriving. Each sample contained large clumps of oysters ranging in size up to 70-80 mm. All had sharp, new shell at the edges, showing that the oysters are alive and growing. The density in the area we sampled is estimated to be 10-20 per square foot. A sample of 25 was sent for drermo testing via CBF. The result indicated virtually no presence of dermo.
Here are some pictures of the samples.
Site established - August 7, 2003
The shell bed is put down in 4-6 feet of water. The bed is only a few inches thick and is on the side of the Tenthouse Creek bar, so poses no obstruction to navigation. Depth to the north of the site is 9-10 feet and to the south of the site is quite shallow.
Putting down the shell:
The first oysters were placed on the reef on August 17, 2003 by members of the committee (Linda Andreassen, Steve Gauss, Ceil Petro, and DJ Springuel). There were about 1500 adult oysters of 60-80 mm size.
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