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Today my nieghbor Julian and I put on a display of how to raise Oysters at

Poquoson High School. We talked to all the Earth Science 9th grade classes

which was about 220 young Poquosonites from 7am till 2pm. We are both

members of "TOGA", Tidewater Oyster Gardeners Association. We had a fish tank display

with live oysters and many bay critters that clearly displayed how oysters

are powerfull filter feeders and each can clean up to 60 gallons of water a

day. We also talked about how to raise oysters in floats, shell bags and on

shore line reefs. Julian and I have and are raising tens of thousands of

diploids in cages, bags, off of our docks and along our over 2000 ft of re-

stored shoreline reef. This is our way of giving back to the bay in a way

to help the over harvested and diseased oyster. The kids and teachers were

great today and had many good questions and comments. Mary, a retired

Poquoson principal with a local group Poquoson Citizens for the Enviroment

was also there talking about how we can improve our local and Bay waters.

Had a great day talking about something I believe in. We will also be doing the

same demonstration in the educational section of Bay Days in Hampton Va.

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thats the best oyster news I've heard in thirty years , way to go, I wish I lived on the water so I could show And grow! kEEP UP THE GOOD WORK AND THANKS FROM AN OYSTER LOVER.

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Nice work there Brian, looks sweet.

My Uncle was raising some oysters on the Rappahannock before he passed away earlier this year. Nothing he like to do more in his last year than raising them oysters!

With that being said, I would have gladly had a table beside yours today with a frying pan, showing how to cook and eat some!:glasses13:

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Kudos to you Brian!

Not only do you take the effort and care to raise them, but you also show the love of sharing and teaching our youth.

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Very nice report and kudos to you.

Now, when is the "shucking" contest:icon_thumright:

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Thanks for the replies. Luckily I am on an open body of water so they are safe to consume. Most of them I let keep growing but some of them are sacrificed.

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bad red, there is a program starting in MD that allows you to fund oyster growth on other folks piers. The people that allow it don't have much interest in doing it on their own but there is a group that persuades them to allow floats on their piers...I'll be doing it shortly.

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