The Mobile Bay Oyster Gardening Program March 2013

March 2013                                                                                                           13-005-03
The Mobile Bay Oyster Gardening Program
Dear Oyster Gardeners & Adopters,
You can tell it is spring by looking at all the yellow cars driving around town.  As we move into April, we are kicking our 2013 planning into high gear with spawning just around the corner.  At this time, we are aiming for a June start to the 2013 season. If you have gardens that are worn out, let me know and they will be replaced.  Thank you to all our springtime Adopters who have renewed for the upcoming season.

The Preparations are Being Made
Before your oyster babies can settle into their new homes, the shell must be cleaned up a little.  On the 25th of March, six students from Alma Bryant High School spent the morning at the Shellfish Lab running thousands of shells through the ‘oyster cannon’ before counting out 100 for each bag.  These bags will be soaked and toward the end of April, the hatchery will begin the first spawn for 2013.
After a morning of hard work, the students finished counting and bagging all the shell we will need for the upcoming season.  The next time you see these shell, they will be laden with juvenile oysters looking forward to spending the summer and fall in your gardens.  MBOGP thanks Cory, Austin, Christopher, Barney, Marcus and Stanley as well as their teacher Mrs. Stewart for their hard work helping the 2013 season get underway.
The Alabama Cooperative Extension System Mobile Bay National Estuary Program

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