Elmer Carroll Benning Oyster Reef - Site 1

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.

Springuel Oyster Reef - Site 2

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.

Springuel Oyster Reef - Site 3

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.


Status of the reefs

May 17, 2012 - Sampled by Steve, DJ and Joe Ports - Click for larger images

Site #1

May 16, 2011 - Sampled by Steve and DJ - Click for larger images

Site #1

Site #2


May 29, 2008 - Sampled by Steve and DJ

Site #1

Site #2

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.

Site 1

A 140mm oyster from Site 1

Site 2

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.

Site 1:

Site 2:


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.


Timeline

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:
Picture A
Picture B
Picture C

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.

Plantings on the reef

DateCountSizeDensity
08/17/2003 1500 large medium
09/08/2003 600,000 spat seed
05/21/2004 250 small low
06/04/2004 2400 medium high
06/04/2004 500 spat low
06/09/2004 3950 medium medium
06/26/2004 1160 medium medium
06/27/2004 6400 medium medium
07/2/2004 500 medium medium
06/12/2005 12,755 medium medium

Density => Low Medium High
Size
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Small
20mm
Medium
35mm
Large
50mm