Thursday, October 28, 2010

Volunteers Needed November 7 for Placing Oysters-- Data-- Beer!

Volunteers needed for oyster placement on the afternoon of November 7th!

We have managed through our logistics and have scheduled Sunday November 7 for placing our oysters. We will meet at the Constitution Marina in Charlestown and will need volunteers for physically moving the oysters and for measurement. Please email me at if you can make it. If you are a diver and not in contact with Mat, please respond to me and I will put you in touch with him. Refreshments, gloves, souvenir t-shirts and tools will be provided.  We also send a special Thank you to Constellation Energy for providing a $5000 grant toward this placement.

Data from successful Dorchester Oyster Pilot posted on

We posted a PowerPoint   with the results of a pilot study run at Dorchester Yacht Club in Malibu Bay. This location is not far from the landmark artistically painted Gas Tank and adjacent to the South East Expressway. Below is one of the more important slides illustrating that the average oyster length grew from 43 millimeters to 74 millimeters.  Click  PowerPoint to pull it up.  We will be presenting this and other information at the International Conference on Shellfish Restoration in Charleston South Carolina in November and the Northeast Aquaculture Conference in Plymouth Mass in December. 

Name the MOP Holiday Tree-

Charlestown’s businesses are hosting trees from various non-profits to raise awareness of the plethora of good works going on in the town. The Mass Oyster Project’s tree will be at Max & Dylan’s Restaurant which is located at the intersection of
Chelsea Street
New Rutherford Avenue
. Our tree will be decorated in mock pearls and oyster shells.  But what do we name it? Is there a play on words involving the words oyster, pearl, mollusk or shell? HELP!

Meetings, Meetings, Meetings

We continue to network with various environmental groups seeking both political support and opportunities to work together. We are excited about an upcoming meeting with the Nature Conservancy as they have been active in oyster restoration in other areas of the country.  We also will be attending the Boston Harbor Sea Level Rise Forum on November 9th & 10th. The Forum is free and open to the public, reservations required.  To register, please click on the links below:

Web Development Support needed.

Our web-site could use a few updates including adding an online petition page and links to our data.  A volunteer who has the skills and a few hours would get the hero treatment.

You asked for it. You got it! More Beer!

We will be hosting a tasting at the Harpoon Brewery in the next few months. We are seeking to nail down a date in the near term.

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