Oyster Bay Town Councilwoman Vicki Walsh and the Town Board invite residents to participate in the Town’s new Oyster Gardening Program. Through a partnership with the Oyster Bay/Cold Spring Harbor Protection Committee, families, scouts, church groups, and students can raise their own Oyster brood in Oyster Bay Harbor, which will benefit our local marine environment and foster community stewardship.
“By raising oysters, residents play a direct role in working to better our environment. An adult oyster can filter up to 50 gallons of water per day, which enhances our local marine habitat and supports a sustainable shellfish population,” said Councilwoman Walsh. “I thank the Oyster Bay/Cold Spring Harbor Protection Committee for sponsoring this program and providing residents with the training, equipment, and ongoing support necessary to successfully raise these juvenile oysters on community floats.”
To participate in the program, residents must complete Oyster Gardening Orientation and Training, which discusses the historical, ecological, economic, and cultural value of shellfish and their biology. They are then welcome to begin the “growing out” process alongside experts in the field and attend the annual “Shellabration” featuring Don Niddrie’s Oyster Roast. To register for the program, please contact the Oyster Bay/Cold Spring Harbor Protection Committee at (631) 848-2090 or visit www.oysterbaycoldspringharbor.org.