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University of Georgia Marine Extension and Georgia Sea Grant will host the second annual Oyster Roast for a Reason fundraiser on Saturday, Dec. 2, from 4-8 p.m. on the bluff next to the UGA Marine Education Center and Aquarium.
The event will feature live music by American Hologram and guests will have the opportunity to enjoy local oysters harvested from the Skidaway River. Georgia Bulldog fans will be able to watch a live broadcast of the SEC Championship game.
A silent auction will feature adventures on the Georgia coast, including a boat trip in Wassaw Sound led by marine educators, a day trip for two on Little St. Simons Island, a two-night stay at The King and Prince Beach and Golf Resort in St. Simons and original artwork from local artists, among many others.
UGA launched the oyster hatchery on its Skidaway Island campus in 2015. There they spawn baby oysters, or spat, which are given to local shellfish growers who cultivate the singles on state-approved leases along the Georgia coast. By 2018, the hatchery is expected to produce between 5 million and 7 million spat per year, with an annual estimated value between $1 million and $2 million.
The goal is to attract a commercial hatchery and businesses related to oyster production to the area, which would provide jobs and greater economic development opportunities on the coast. Oyster production also improves water quality, as one adult oyster can filter up to 50 gallons of water per hour.
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