Our primary goal is the presevation of the coastal shores of the world, but we will start with our beautiful state!
Our goal is to build an organic effort to help restore natural habitats for creatures of the oceans like wild oyster reefs.
Oysters are important for many reasons: they provide homes and food for other marine life, help clarify water by filtering out pollutants and excess nutrients, and protect shorelines from erosion.
The Chesapeake Bay, once home to the largest oyster reefs in the world, has lost over 90% of its oysters due to overharvesting, pollution, and disease. As a result, the Bay’s water quality has deteriorated, habitats have been lost, and fish populations have declined.
We’re working to bring the oyster population back for the good of the Chesapeake Bay and all the life that depends on it—including humans!
Oysters are filter feeders, cleaning up to 50 gallons of water a day, making them a vital part of keeping waterways clean and a keystone species. After the gold rush, the West Coast saw a rise in hydraulic mining, paper mills and population creating a concentration in coastal water pollutants and killing off wild oyster reefs. So, we're working with local organizations to reestablish them. Proper hydro excavation around the shoreline will help.
Oyster shells will be collected from events and from participating restaurants throughout the week. The oyster shells will then be transported to the Maine Coast, where they will wait for springtime when they will be "seeded" with juvenile oyster spat. These young oysters will attach themselves to the shells, also known as substrate. The larger shell will then be placed into bays and estuaries to encourage native oyster growth. Oysters will be left indefinitely to spawn each year to jump start oyster populations.
This project is a part of our larger mission to help preserve and restore the world’s oceans and the creatures that call them home.
If you’re interested in getting involved or want to learn more, please visit our website or contact us. We’d love to hear from you!
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We are ocean ambassadors who love good food, a good party and want to make sure oysters are a part of it all for generations to come.
The Oyster Team