EASTON — Talbot County residents got involved in oyster restoration on Friday and Saturday through the Marylanders Grow Oysters program.
More than 1,500 waterfront property owners throughout Maryland participate in the Marylanders Grow Oysters program, according to the Department of Natural Resources. DNR manages the program in conjunction with the Oyster Recovery Partnership, University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science and the Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services, which produces cages for the program where young oysters will grow.
Local organizations like Easton-based Oysters for the Bay and Tilghman Island-based Philips Wharf Environmental Center act as coordinators for the Marylanders Grow Oysters program, which started in 2008 in the Tred Avon River.
According to DNR, the property owners suspend wire cages filled with baby oysters from their piers, where they will get a chance to grow without the multiple stressors that could hurt their population through their first vulnerable year of life.