"A rising tide lifts all oyster boats"
Ronnie Gist with the Maryland Industrial Partnerships grant program (MIPS) is about to enjoy a fresh oyster from our lease in St. George Creek. We were awarded a grant through this program to research alternative “in-water” setting methods compared to traditional land-based setting systems.
In September I had an opportunity to do some work renovating condos on Siesta Key in Florida. Swimming and laying on the beach after work, not bad. Every restaurant offered oysters but I didn’t see any Chesapeake’s on the menus… yet.
Stylochus, or as we call em, “Pigglies”, are a species of flatworm that eat young oyster spat. They are effective predators and can greatly increase spat mortality densely set areas.
One year old spat on shell. Purdy!
All this shell is gone now. All moved, one bushel at a time, to our lease bottom. Its delivered to the property by tractor-trailer then allowed to age before going overboard.