Remote Oyster Setting Demonstration

University of Maryland Horn Point Laboratory, Cambridge, MD
Monday June 3, 2013
3 p.m.

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Tanks are used for remote setting of oysters at the University of Maryland Horn Point Lab in Cambridge, MD.

A demonstration of Remote Setting for aquaculture seed oyster production will be held at the UM Center for Environmental Science, Horn Point Hatchery on Monday, June 3, 2013. This statewide workshop is open to all and is a cooperative program of the Oyster Aquaculture Education & Training Program and the Oyster Recovery Partnership’s Remote Setting Training (RST) Program. These have been funded by the Maryland Department of Natural Resources and NOAA through Crab Industry Disaster Funds.

Remote Setting provides a way for growers to cost-effectively produce seed for planting leases. This demonstration will show the equipment needed and procedures for the setting process as well as determining setting success rates. This is one of seven systems that have been provided throughout the Bay area for growers to use as part of the RST project. These can be reserved in two-week blocks from June through August. Growers are responsible for providing the contained cultch (usually aged, clean oyster shell) and the labor for setting and cleaning the systems. Larvae is provided free of charge to those using the project systems as well as individual instruction in setting and assessment procedures at each site.

This workshop will take approximately one hour and HPL crew will be available at the demonstration to work with those who want to book systems this summer. The workshop is offered free of charge and pre-registration is not required.

Directions: On US 50 in Cambridge, turn at the traffic light at Crusader Road (Wawa food/gas mart) to Washington St. (Rt. 343). Proceed about 3.5 miles. Look for the “UMCES” sign and bear Right onto Horns Point Rd. Continue 1.5 miles and make Right into entrance to the lab which is marked by two brick pillars with ram sheep on them.  GPS address is 2020 Horns Point Road, Cambridge MD. Proceed down the drive to the last large circular setting tank on your left. Program activities will be marked