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CBOCS "Oyster Launch" September 17, 2011

The time to begin raising oysters has finally arrived!  We are expecting delivery of approximately 20 BOCSes and 60 bags of spat on shell September 17th. So we'll need everyone's help to welcome the spat, help place them in the Buoyant Oyster Cultivation Systems (BOCS), and deploy them along the Fishing Creek Boardwalk. Below are the details along with information on what to expect and what to bring.

In addition, if you sponsored the purchase of a BOCS your receipt will be available at this event.

Look forward to seeing you then!

CBOCS Committee

Event: Spat delivery and BOCS deployment
Date: September 17th (Saturday)
Time: 9:00 am (duration 2-3 hours)
Location: Parking lot behind the Northeast Community Center near the boat ramps

Tasks:
1) Carry BOCSes to boat ramp and place in shallow water. This is a two person job since each BOCS weighs about 40 lbs and is awkward to carry.

2) Once BOCS in the shallow water at the boat ramp, pour three bags of spat on shell into the BOCS. Each bag of spat on shell weighs approximately 20-25 pounds.

3) Once BOCS is filled with spat, it will need to be towed to the appropriate boardwalk location to be secured for the next 9-10 months while the oysters grow. This will be done with a motorized boat. We'll need one person who will volunteer their boat for this task. Please let us know as soon as possible.

4) Folks with canoes, kayaks, or other watercraft small enough to fit under the boardwalk will then need to secure the BOCS to the PVC tubes placed there for that purpose. This is a relatively straight forward process that we will demonstrate prior to beginning on Saturday. In addition, Bob Munro and Jon Farrington have made a video of the entire installation process that will be available via YouTube for your review by September 14th. We'll send out a note with more details on how to view it once it has been placed on YouTube.

5) The final task of the BOCS deployment process is to activate the tide-turner device that rotates the BOCS and prevents organisms from growing on the cage which would stifle water circulation around the oysters. This step requires boats that are small enough to fit under the boardwalk, yet large enough to remain stable when a person stands up to bolt the tide turner anchor to the boardwalk. We have one boat for this task but would like at least one more. Let us know if you have a boat that we can use for this purpose.

6) Get an estimate of the number of spat received by counting the number of spat on a sub sample of the shell. Once known we will compare this number to a count taken at the end of the growing season to see how many spat survived their stay in Fishing Creek.

7) Fasten Marylanders Grow Oysters informational signs along boardwalk (at boat level and at pedestrian level).

What to wear/bring:
- wear clothes and shoes you do not mind getting wet and dirty
- dress for the weather
- sun screen / bug spray
- canoe / kayak / dingy
- life jacket (if you plan on being in a boat)
- water to drink
- gloves (the oyster shells and BOCSes can have rough or sharp edges)
- hat
- hammer (to help post MGO signs)

Rain Date:
Sunday (9/18), 2:00 pm

CBOCS Implementation Committee 

Contact CBOCS:  CBOCS@chesapeakebeachmd.gov
 

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