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Oyster Gardening Oysters

The Mobile Bay Oyster Gardening Program is a volunteer-based project that focuses on education, restoration/enhancement, and research by bringing the reef to the people.

Volunteers with access to waterfront property in Mobile or Baldwin Counties grow oysters in gardens that hang from their piers from June to November. On average, each volunteer grows 1,000+ oysters per season. At the end of the gardening season, the oysters are collected from the volunteers and planted on restoration reefs in Mobile Bay and the Mississippi Sound. This education and research program has planted more than 800,000 oysters since it began in 2001.

Oyster gardeners holding baskets of oysters

Our gardeners, garden adopters, corporate partners, and agency partners make the program successful. We are interested in helping improve the water and habitat quality of Mobile Bay, the Mississippi Sound, and the Little Lagoon by directing our efforts toward raising baby oysters (spat) and planting them on area reefs.

For more information on the oyster gardening project, a shared partnership of volunteers; Auburn University’s School of Fisheries, Aquaculture, and Aquatic Sciences; the Mississippi-Alabama Sea Grant Consortium; and the Alabama Cooperative Extension System, visit www.oystergardening.org.

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