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The 2013 season is over! We have given out the last of the spat and our returned oysters are now all happily living on the reef site. This has been a good year for both CBF and POWeR with an average number of oysters returned from all the gardeners. We collected 29,113 oysters from our gardeners this year bringing the total on the site to almost 224,000. (In the best years we have collected over 40,000).

This fall the oysters have been growing slowly due to the low salinity (although it has been creeping higher during October). It is important that you clean your cages before winter sets in and continue to shake them occasionally. Be sure to lower them so that they are not exposed to freezing air temperatures.

Thanks again for your participation and we look forward to seeing you and your oysters in June.

Not yet an oyster gardener?
Workshops are held in the fall (due to the availability of spat).
Here is information on how to become a gardener. To sign up to become an oyster gardener beginning in the fall of 2014, contact Meghan Hoffman at CBF at MDoystergardening@cbf.org

OThe West River Improvment Association, (WRIA), is dedicated to the principle that, by working together, residents of Galesville and the surrounding area can protect and improve the quality of life in the community, including the West River watershed

OThe Shady Side Peninsula Association, is the association of citizens' groups and communities on the Shady Side Peninsula

Citizens in the West River community are establishing individual oyster gardens with guidance from the Chesapeake Bay Foundation to provide new one-year old oysters to the santuaries in the coming years.

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