~Oyster Planting Day~
JUNE 1st, 2019
Want to help the Chesapeake Bay? Join Phillips Wharf Environmental Center's restoration project and plant oyster spat on shell into the Harris Creek, June 1, 8 am to 4 pm. Phillips Wharf's program Tilghman Islanders Grow Oysters (TIGO), a branch off of Marylanders Grow Oysters (MGO), has placed oyster cages with spat in them around the bay hundred area. Help collect oyster cages and plant them in Harris Creek.
Phillips Wharf Environmental Center has been coordinating the Tilghman Islanders Grow Oysters Project for the past 6 years. TIGO is a part of the larger Marylanders Grow Oysters program run by the DNR. These programs aim to aid in oyster repopluation efforts all over the Chespeake Bay. Every year TIGO plants over 115.000 oysters at the sanctuary site at Rabbit Point, which is located up Harris Creek near Wittman.
On June 1st, we will be collecting the 600 cages of oysters that have been growing on TIGO member's docks for the past 9 months in and around the Tilghman Island area. After collecting the cages, we will take the oysters out of the cages and place them in baskets in preparation for planting. In the afternoon, we will load the oysters on to boats and travel out to the sanctuary where will place them on the existing oyster bar.
We need your help! Oyster Planting Day's success relies heavily on volunteer participation so we are looking for as many people to help out as possible. Not only do we need the man power but we also need people that are willing to volunteer their trucks, flatbed trailers, and boats (please note they will get dirty!). We will provide breakfast, lunch, and refreshments throughout the day as a way to show thanks for all your hard work.
All cages will be back to Phillips Wharf by noon, and the planting boat ride is optional and goes between 1 and 3:30 pm.
If you would like to help out please follow the link below to register as a volunteer. Thank you very much for your time and we hope to see you on Oyster Planting Day!