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Oyster Roast

Oyster Roast for a Reason - UGA Marine Extension and Georgia Sea Grant

Join UGA Marine Extension and Georgia Sea Grant for the fifth annual Oyster Roast for a Reason fundraising event supporting Georgia’s first oyster hatchery.

The event will take place on Saturday, January 29, from 1-5 p.m. on the bluff next to the UGA Aquarium. The event will feature live music by Sweet Auburn String Band and guests will have the opportunity to enjoy locally harvested Georgia oysters.

Early registration tickets are $75 each. Prices will increase to $100 on Jan. 7, 2022.

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If you have questions about the event contact Stephanie Edgecombe at mared@uga.edu or call 912-598-2335.

To inquire about sponsorship opportunities, please contact Shirley Allen.

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.

 


 

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