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The Oyster Recovery Partnership, together with its partners, offers a variety of programs and services to assist shellfish leaseholders in producing, managing and promoting their oyster farms.
ORP, in cooperation with UMD Extension and Horn Point Laboratory Oyster Hatchery, offer individuals the opportunity to produce their own oysters through the remote setting and training program. Remote setting enables Maryland leaseholders to cost-effectively produce their own oyster spat on shell without the complexity of a big hatchery. Growers are provided free training, larvae and access to equipment. Since the programs began in 2010, more than 60 growers have participated in the program and produced and planted 800 million spat-on-shell. Some are using this program in conjunction with grants/loans that they receive through MARBIDCO, which assist with startup costs and ongoing expenses associated with spat on shell production.
Interested leaseholders can sign up to use these remote setting systems at no charge. We provide use of tanks with all supporting equipment at nine locations across Maryland, from Crisfield on the Lower Easter Shore to Piney Point on the Western Shore. Hands-on, technical support is provided to all participants, including introductory setting training to post-setting evaluations to determine how many spat on shell were produced. UMCES Horn Point Oyster Lab Hatchery provides the oyster larvae. To participate, individuals must have a tidal fish license (TFL), a lease, be able to acquire or funds to purchase their own shell and provide the labor to produce and plant their spat. Click here for an Aquaculture Case Study from three growers who participated in the program.
For more about the Remote Setting Program, contact us at 410-990-4970.
Any participant in the Remote Setting and Training Program can get their leases mapped for free. A seafloor survey report can help growers understand the condition of their lease. Three different types of data products are collected during the survey report. Maps indicating the measured depth of the area, relative hardness and imagery of the seafloor and any objects present are collected. Interested in learning the bottom condition of your lease? Contact us at 410-990-4970.
ORP is working with the UMCES Horn Point Oyster Lab Hatchery to offer high quality oyster larvae, seed and spat on shell. To better serve Maryland’s watermen and shellfish growers, this program offers a variety of C. virginica larvae, seed and spat on shell in various sizes, including disease resistant (DR) stocks (with 60 days advance order) and limited quantities of triploids.
For growers who are interested in producing spat on shell for their bottom leases, the State of Maryland and ORP offers shell for sale.
Click HERE to learn more about how to obtain a lease.