In this challenging time we all could use some good news, something for you and your family to look forward to – once again we will be raising thousands of oysters together this summer!
While we all hope our leaders find a way to get us back to the new normal as soon as possible, we have planned for the 2020 Community Shellfish Gardening Season to continue even if the current restrictions on public gathering and social distancing guidelines remain in place.
Your cages are waiting for you……
Our 2020 goal is to raise 100,000 oysters (our most to date) at Laurel Hollow Village Beach, West Harbor Beach in Bayville and at private clubs and residences. We will also monitor the success of the spawner sanctuary established by the Town of Oyster Bay which we seeded last year with nearly 100,000 oysters from our first three seasons. In addition, while our initial request to add community gardens at Eagle Dock and The Waterfront Center were initially rejected, we continue to advocate for these locations to allow access to anyone that wants to participate.
Over the next couple of weeks as our oysters rapidly grow in their nursery, our program leaders will be inspecting and repairing all 150 existing cages and preparing a registration system we will share with you to enroll before we open it up to new gardeners. Stay tuned….
Please help us promote our virtual Community Shellfish Garden Public Information Session to attract new gardeners which is essential to continuing a vibrant program as our four scheduled in-person presentations this month were cancelled. A flyer to circulate is attached and below are the meeting details for folks to video meet or conference call in:
Thank you! Your continued support and enthusiasm is contagious in the best possible way!