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Oyster Fair is Saturday at Christchurch School

The Tidewater Oyster Gardeners Association will hold its Middle Peninsula Oyster Fair at Christchurch School on Rt. 33 at Christchurch on Saturday, May 16 at 10 a.m. The fair is open to the public with no preregistration required.

Vendors of oyster gardening equipment and supplies are invited to display their wares for sale at both locations beginning at about 9 a.m. 

The fair is a  “seminar”  addressing the question, “What is the best way for citizens to grow oysters?”

Many techniques are available, such as in floats, in bags attached to a pier or other structure, and in bottom cages. For people who want to become oyster gardeners, these discussions will help them decide how to get started.

Several kinds of oyster spat will  be available, but pre-orders from  Middle Peninsula Aquaculture  at (804) 725-0159 are advised. 

People who have oyster gardening experience are urged to attend and share their wisdom. Those with images to project, should email them (files no larger than about 1 MB) to Lynton Land at . Participants are invited to bring gear, prints, photos on CD or flash drives and be prepared to speak briefly.

The Oyster Gardeners will provide updates on issues such as introducing the non-native oyster Crassostrea ariakensis, the construction of local hatcheries, spat-on-shell, nutrient trading, etc.

For more information, contact Lynton Land by email or at (804) 453-6605, or Chan Chandler at or (804) 725-5898.

posted 05.11.2009

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