October 1, 2017: The fall is a busy sailing season and the beginning of the oyster season. The Environmental Committee has been working hard to make our major September and October sailing regattas gold-level Sailors for the Sea Clean Regattas including the Annapolis Labor Day Regatta and the SAP I-505 World Champi-onship.
We have also been developing and implementing a major oyster initiative to build a multi-class oyster reef under our marina docks and grow baby oysters for local conservation efforts.
Oysters, oysters and more oysters! On September 8 six volunteer divers with landside support volunteers installed 52 oyster spat-covered concrete triangles on the EYC wave wall shelves under A and C docks (see August VFB for background). From the 2011-2012 pilot project, we know the oyster spat will grow into mature oysters in our marina which helps attenuate wave action in the marina and cleans the water! We even found several previously installed triangles covered with healthy mature oysters doing their job.
On October 1st, working with the Marylanders Grow Oysters Program and Severn River Association we will further expand our efforts by installing oyster cages under the finger piers on Dock A. The cages are filled with oyster shells seeded with spat. Over the winter and spring the oysters will grow and then be placed on the oyster reef sanctuary in the Severn River.
To learn more about the Environmental Committee and key issues in the Bay join us for our monthly lecture series beginning in October. Our first lecture will be on Oysters at EYC October 31 at 7 p.m.!