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Low salinity causes some mortality in first oyster-gardening season

By: P.J. Waters / Published: Aug 10,  2017

We are excited to have the first full season of oyster gardening in Mississippi and Little Lagoon (Alabama) kick off this summer. Not long after oyster spat were delivered, Tropical Storm Cindy started what was to be a long, rainy June. 

The result of all that fresh water was very low salinities for an extended period, and subsequent mortality in some of the sites. 

We are fortunate however, that the good folks at the Auburn University Shellfish Laboratory and Alma Bryant High School in Alabama could hold some replacements for the program. Those replacement oysters will be going out to affected sites toward the end of the week. 

Restoration oysters grown by volunteers.  New spat growing on a seasoned,
recycled shell.
Restoration oysters grown by volunteers. New spat growing on a seasoned, recycled shell.

Oyster gardening is always exciting, and we would be thrilled to add new people in Alabama and Mississippi.

If you are interested in more information, and potentially being an oyster gardener, contact us at oystergardening@masgc.org.

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