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Spring 2013 Oyster Events

Dear CBOCS Members and Friends, 

Spring is here. And with the warmer temperatures the oysters are once again active, busily feeding upon algae. So it's time for us to get busy too! 

De-winterization. For those with spat in MGO cages at your pier, it's time to re-position those cages a little closer to the water's surface since there is no longer any chance of freezing, and begin shaking the silt off of them again on a weekly basis; to do this, just pull the cages up above the water line and dunk them back down 3-4 times like giant tea bags to clear any accumulated silt off the spat. Back at the boardwalk, we have already de-winterized the BOCSes thanks to Mike O'Keefe and his daughter, Emma; so those spat should now be clear of silt as well. 

We need your help mentoring the next generation of Bay stewards! Twice annually, more than 100 students from Beach Elementary School (BES) visit the Railway Trail boardwalk as part of their Environmental Education curriculum to learn more about oyster biology, oyster restoration, Bay restoration, and water quality monitoring from BES teachers and CBOCS members through discussions, demonstrations and hands-on activities. This is a great educational program for the kids thanks to the coordinating efforts of Mary Butz, Mike Shisler and John Bacon; and it is a great opportunity for you to be a role model and demonstrate for the kids what it means to give back to the community! So if you have some extra time please join us. The event is scheduled to occur on May 10th, 9:30 am - 12:30 pm. Please contact John Bacon directly at:
johnbacon1@comcast.net to volunteer to help with the BES visit, or to get more information.

Spring oyster planting. As was done last year, we will plant the MGO cage oysters in the spring and the BOCS oysters in the fall. We've scheduled the spring planting for June 1, 2013 at 10 am (Rain date: June 2 at 2 pm). Bring your MGO cages with oysters to the Railway Trail boardwalk entrance located behind the Northeast Community Center at 10 am. We will then load the cages onto the boat, navigate to the Old Rock oyster reef, and plant the oysters. The cages will then be stored at the town yard until new spat are delivered in the fall, at which time you can retrieve the cages and spat for another growing season. In case you can not make it on Saturday, we will also be accepting delivery of MGO cages May 31 between 3 and 5 pm at the same location. The cages will then be warehoused at the Rod-N-Reel Marina until the next morning.

Thanks again for everything you do for CBOCS and the Bay!

Sincerely, Keith Pardieck (Chair, CBOCS Steering Committee)

Contact CBOCS:  CBOCS@chesapeakebeachmd.gov
 

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