Our Bay Digest

Would you like to grow oysters?

The Capital, Published 07/31/10

ANNAPOLIS - Severn River residents who are interested in raising oysters are encouraged to join the Marylanders Grow Oysters program.

The Severn River Association is signing up participants for the 2010-2011 oyster growing season. Participants care for oysters over the winter, then return them for planting on a sanctuary reef in the summer. The association works with local homeowner and environmental groups to distribute the oysters.

The association is looking for oyster growers as well as volunteers to help deliver the cages of baby oysters in mid-August through September.

The association has divided up the river into four sections for the program: Annapolis creeks, Round Bay, mid-river and Whitehall Creek.

To join the program, contact Burnell Vincent at burnellv@verizon.net (Annapolis), Ray Dumentat at raydumentat@ioip.com (Round Bay), Bob Whitcomb at bwhitcomb2@comcast.net (mid-river) or Don Carren at djcarren@verizon.net (Whitehall Creek).

Marylanders Grow Oysters is run by the Maryland Department of Natural Resources in concert with local environment groups. For information - including how to sign up in other areas - visit www.oysters.maryland.gov.

(Revised August 2010)