Maryland Grows Oysters
Arundel Rivers participates in the Marylanders Grows Oysters Program where waterfront citizens care for oysters in cages hung off their piers until the baby oysters are mature enough to survive on an oyster sanctuary reef. Sign up for this program is mid-summer, so the oyster hatchery has time to produce enough oysters to meet the demand of the thousands of Marylanders Grow Oysters participants.
However, the oysters are delivered in late fall and the program runs through late spring. Baby Oysters are delivered to oyster growers in October and are ready to be moved to the sanctuary reef in May. Growers need to shake their oysters cages once a month to knock any excess algae off the cages, so that the oysters have plenty of water circulation. Oysters cannot be grown in fresh water. If you have barnacles on your pier, it is probably salty enough to support oysters. View Oyster Growers Manual.
To participate, email Jesse Iliff, South, West and Rhode Riverkeeper.