This webinar presented by Karen Sauvigné explains the process of oyster growing and the life cycle of these delicious and beneficial marine animals. The community based SPAT program (Suffolk Project in Aquaculture Training) at Cornell Marine Center will also be discussed.
“Spat” is the word for the tiniest form of shellfish that has settled onto the place where it will live out its life. The SPAT program was created to encourage volunteer members to become stewards of their environment and to restore shellfish to the bays.
Volunteers and members are offered monthly workshops and provided with shellfish seed and necessary tools and supplies to grow their shellfish gardens either at their own waterfront or in the SPAT community garden. In exchange for a minimal fee, all permits are secured and members may keep their oysters for their personal use. No oysters can be sold.
Volunteers maintain their own hatchery (the”SPAT Shack”), and nursery. Over 1,000 people have taken part in this program and it continues to grow each year.
Karen Sauvigné on Oysters
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Friday, June 11, 2021 @ 6 p.m.