Thanks to overwhelming support, the third annual Oyster Roast for a Reason fundraising event is officially SOLD OUT. If you would like to place your name on a waiting list for a $100 ticket, please contact Kayla Clark at 912-598-3345 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The event will take place on Saturday, November 17, 2018, from 4-8 p.m. on the bluff next to the UGA Marine Education Center and Aquarium. The event will feature live music and guests will have the opportunity to enjoy locally harvested Georgia oysters provided by E.L. McIntosh and Son Seafood. Marine Extension and Georgia Sea Grant works with shellfish growers like McIntosh to grow single oysters for the restaurant industry.
Whether you’re attending or not, we invite you to bid on Alan Campbell’s original art, featuring John “Crawfish” Crawford roasting oysters; or, you may pre-purchase a signed, limited-edition print of the work here.
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. At full capacity, the hatchery could produce 15 million spat, with an estimated harvest value of $3.75 million to $5.2 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.
In addition to having economic benefits, oyster production also improves water quality. One adult oyster can filter up to 50 gallons of water a day.
Want to learn more about Georgia oysters and the aquaculture industry? Join us on Nov. 10 for a Coastal Stewards workshop at the Shellfish Research Lab on Skidaway Island. Participants will tour the oyster hatchery, learn about oyster ecology, visit aquaculture research sites by boat, and participate in other activities that promote stewardship of our estuaries and local seafood.