Learn to be an oyster gardener

By: Melissa Schneider / Published: Mar 10,  2009

Anyone interested in volunteering with the Mobile Bay Oyster Gardening Program must attend one of two upcoming workshops. Program volunteers grow oysters in cages off their wharves in “conditionally open” waters. The oysters later are planted on reefs.

A Baldwin County workshop will take place at 10 a.m., Saturday, April 18, at the Alabama Gulf Coast Convention and Visitors Bureau (the Welcome Center) in Orange Beach. A Mobile County workshop will be held at 10 a.m., Saturday, May 2, at the Auburn University Shellfish Laboratory on Dauphin Island. Workshops typically last for one to three hours.

Volunteers with cages in need of repair are encouraged to bring them to the parking lot at the workshop site.

Contact Extension Specialist P.J. Waters at 251-438-5690 or for more information or to reserve a seat.

The program is sponsored by the Mobile Bay National Estuary Program in cooperation with Auburn University and the Mississippi-Alabama Sea Grant Consortium.


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