Pecometh Grows Oyster Babies
Jun 04, 2014 02:53PM
● By Jake Russell
Last summer, an associate from the Chester River Association suggested that the
camp might want to be involved with the Marylanders Grow Oysters program. Why
oysters? They play a vital role in helping to strengthen the life of the Bay by
feeding on plankton and filtering it out of the water. It’s just like a
filtration system for the water that comes from your tap at home.
The Pecometh team jumped at the chance, and knew it could definitely be an opportunity they could share with guests, school groups and also the day campers that attend their “Schools Out, We’re In” program during the school year. Soon after, four cages of “spat on shell” (baby/larval oysters attached to recycled oyster shells) were “adopted”. In October 2013, campers did experiments in which they observed turbidity (how cloudy the water was due to particles of dirt and other matter in the water).
Megan Shitama, Retreat Programs Coordinator, with Pecometh commented that it was a great “hands-on thing to do with the kids.” After nine long months, in May of this year, the spat, now growing oysters, were placed in a new home in Lankford Bay, at the southern end of the Chester River. It will take about three years for them to grow to “market” size.
This recent effort shows us that we can all take time to improve the quality of
our rivers and streams, and ultimately, the life of the Chesapeake Bay. The
Pecometh team will also keep the public updated on the progress of the oysters
as they continue to thrive in their new habitat. For more on what’s happening
at Pecometh Camp and Retreat Ministries, call 410-556-6900 or visit them
online at pecometh.org.
Contributed by Camp Pecometh.