Help Bring Back Maryland's Native Oyster Populations!
Published September 26, 2014
On the evening of October 2nd, local chefs, oyster farmers, watermen, scientists, policy-makers, educators and seafood connoisseurs will gather at the National Aquarium for the Oyster Recovery Partnership’s (ORP) annual Mermaid’s Kiss event.
Established in 1994, the Oyster Recovery Partnership is a Maryland-based cooperative coalition focused on restoring the Chesapeake Bay’s once-abundant native oyster population. By working closely with state and federal stakeholders, ORP has planted over 5 billion oysters on 1,600 acres of oyster reef in Harris Creek, making it the largest oyster recovery effort on the East Coast!
**Image of Harris Creek Reef via Oyster Recovery Program.
In addition to have planted billions of oysters with our partners on 1,600 acres of oyster reefs, the Partnership is involved in other aspects of the oyster industry, including: operating the Shell Recycling Alliance, a partnership of more than 250 local businesses that recycle oyster shells for reuse in recovery hatcheries, and offering educational workshops for watermen and other shellfish growers interested in adopting sustainable seafood practices.
Join us in celebrating and support ORP’s innovative and important work at the Mermaid’s Kiss oyster fest!