2012 is turning out to be a banner year for spat production at MD's ORC. Typically this center produces 15 -20 million spat on shell for the season. At this pace by season’s end, on September 1st we should break the 20 million mark, and then some.
Some reasons for this years success:
- Less rain - less run off - lower bacteria counts causing oyster larvae to die
- Higher quality larvae – every year UMD's Horn Point Labratory (HPL) produces higher quality oyster larvae.
- MD's ORC – improving our methods and quality control.
To learn more about our oyster restoration efforts, visit our website.
-- Karl Willey with contribution from Meghan Hoffman