Marylanders 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 the South River’s Oyster Sanctuary Reef. This is a winter and spring program. 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. Sign up to participate in the Marylanders Grows Oysters Program is in June and July, so the oyster hatchery has time to produce enough oysters to meet the demand of the thousands of Marylanders Grow Oysters participants. To participate, email the South Riverkeeper, Jesse Iliff, jesse@arundelrivers.org  or the West and Rhode Riverkeeper, Jeff Holland, jeff@arundelrivers.org.

You can read the Arundel Rivers Federation Oyster Growers Manual here!

For those of you that would like to drop off your oysters by land, we will be accepting them at our usual Londontown and Hillsmere locations, reflected in the maps below. Drop off dates will be from 5-7 p.m. on  Saturday, June 1 at Londontown and from 5-7pm on Saturday, June 8 at Hillsmere. To RSVP for dropoff, please email jesse@arundelrivers.org

Londontown map

Londontown Map

Hillsmere map

Hillsmere Map

If you would like to drop off your oyster spat by boat, please see the below chart. There should be four buoys marking the reef. Remember, it is 2 feet deep at the center of the reef, so watch your depths and proceed cautiously.

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Location of the Glebe Sanctuary Reef