The South River Federation, in partnership with Marylanders Grow Oysters, gives hundreds of waterfront property owners the opportunity to participate in hands on oyster restoration. Those with access to community piers or have their own, grow millions of young oysters in cages suspended from private piers each year. Their goal? To protect young oysters during their vulnerable first year of life, so they may be planted on local sanctuaries where the oysters enrich the ecosystem and our oyster population. By fostering these young oysters, our citizen partners are also generating an abundance of fish and other aquatic life and creating live bottom, populated by oysters and other creatures, on sanctuaries closed to harvesting.
Registration Deadline for the 2016-2017 oyster growing season is
Requirements for growing oysters:
- Be a current member of the South River Federation
- Attend an oyster husbandry workshop hosted by the South River Federation.
- Growers are responsible for picking up their oyster spat in late summer or early fall during select spat pickup times. No deliveries.
- Maintain oyster cages throughout growing season. This includes cleaning the spat and cages on a regular basis and ensuring that the spat remain below the frozen surface water during the winter.
- Oyster Growers are responsible for depositing their oysters in the Glebe Bay sanctuary at the end of the annual program either by boat or by driving them to a set location. This is done during the South River Days Oyster Flotilla - usually the early part of June.
Oyster Growing Manual and Standard Operating Procedures
Each Oyster Grower that attends a workshop will receive a copy of our Oyster Growers' Manual. The manual includes the Standard Operating Procedures, maps highlighting harvested and protected sanctuaries in the South River, as well as other informational resources.
South River Federation Oyster Research Project
Monitoring oyster spat growth