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Oyster gardening season to open, volunteers needed

By: Melissa Schneider / Published: Apr 27,  2011

Anyone interested in volunteering with the Mobile Bay Oyster Gardening Program should attend one of two upcoming workshops. Program volunteers will grow oysters in small gardens off their wharves, and the oysters will be planted on reefs.

People who do not have waterfront property can participate in the program by adopting an oyster garden for $25. Participants will receive a monthly newsletter and be able to follow their oysters as they grow.

A Baldwin County workshop for volunteers will take place at 10 a.m., Saturday, April 30, 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 21, at the Auburn University Shellfish Laboratory on Dauphin Island. Workshops typically last for 1-2 hours.

There is no cost for the workshops, but reservations are recommended. Potential volunteers should contact Extension Specialist P.J. Waters at 251-438-5690 or waterph@aces.edu to make sure their property is in “conditionally open” waters and to reserve a seat.

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