Join UGA Marine Extension and Georgia Sea Grant for the fourth annual Oyster Roast for a Reason fundraising event supporting Georgia’s first oyster hatchery.
The event will take place on Sunday, November 17, from 2-6 p.m. on the bluff next to the UGA Aquarium. The event will feature live music provided by Chameleon Brotherhood and guests will have the opportunity to enjoy locally harvested Georgia oysters.
TICKETS ARE SOLD OUT!
A limited number of prints by artist J. Alan Campbell of John “Crawfish” Crawford roasting oysters at a previous Oyster Roast for a Reason event will be sold online and at the event.
To inquire about sponsorship opportunities, please contact Dan Williams. Please see the list of our current sponsors below.
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.
Ocean to Table: Georgia Oyster and Clams
If you want to learn about Georgia oysters and clams, sign up for Marine Extension and Georgia Sea Grant’s upcoming Ocean to Table program on Nov. 6 at the Shellfish Research Lab on Skidaway Island. Tour the state’s first oyster hatchery and talk to experts in seafood safety and food sciences while sampling roasted oysters and clams. Register here by Oct. 30.