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Shake it off for oysters! Help restore the Bay's oyster population

May 17, 2016 04:37PM ● By Cate Reynolds
Photo by Erika Nortmann
Join the Chesapeake Bay Foundation in cleaning the "homes" of the next generation of Chesapeake Bay oysters!

Help restore the Chesapeake's native oyster population by cleaning oyster shells (called "shell shaking") by shaking off the dirt and debris so baby oysters can successfully grow on them.

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Shell shaking is critical in our oyster restoration efforts. Without cleaning the oyster shells, we could potentially lose millions of healthy larvae as they attach to debris, rather than the shell, and are later washed out into the silt.

This event is a bit of a workout, but a fun hands-on experience. With lifting involved, it is not recommended for individuals with a bad back or other health concerns. A tour of the restoration center will follow the shell shaking.

When: May 20, 9:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.
June 3, 9:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.
June 24, 9:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.
July 8, 9:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.

Where: CBF's Oyster Restoration Center, 4800 Atwell Road, Shady Side, Maryland

Questions? Contact me at or 443-482-2065.