Here is a picture i found on the web for reference:
The class was taught in a classroom style setting and was very infomative. CBF went over the importnace of Oysters to the Chesapeake, the reasons behind our drastic decline in population, the filtering power of the oyster, their life cycle, optimum growing habitat conditions, and alot of other useful info. They also brought floats and bags that you could purchase at cost to make your own float for raising oysters. A truck full to be exact:
They even have a few tanks with croaker, horseshoe crabs, drum, spadefish, tautogs, sheepshead, and a few other local fish as well. I enjoyed watching drum sift through the sand looking for leftovers while the spades frolicked in a school with what looked like a game of Follow the Leader or Tag until it was time for the class to start.
I recommend anyone that has access to a dock or live on the water to take a look at the CBF and VIMS programs. . All the oyster raised are brought back the following year and added to Oyster Sanctuaries so its a fun project and helping do your part to clean up our waterways.There are so many ways to give back to the bay and most require very little time from raising sub-aquatic grass to cultivating oysters and Clean the Bay trash pickup days.
Here is the link for the CBF Oyster Growing classses available around the state:
For more information on VIMS follow this link to their page as well:
SOME QUICK OYSTER FACTS:
- An adult oyster filters and cleans up to 50 gallons of water per day gobbling up algae, and removing dirt and nitrogen pollution
- Today, less than 1% of the original 17th century population (when the original colonists arrived) is thought to remain in the Chesapeake Bay
- The Chespeake Bay was once as clean as the Carribean when John Smith arrived due to teh filtering power of the Eastern Oyster.