Eat an oyster, support a local business.
Sea Grant's research and extension work is grounded in supporting sustainable U.S. fisheries and aquaculture. Our mission is to enhance the practical use and conservation of coastal, marine and Great Lakes resources in order to create a sustainable economy and environment.
Sea Grant operates several oyster research laboratories around the U.S., including the Louisiana Sea Grant Oyster Lab in Grand Isle, Louisiana. In addition to operating full labs, Sea Grant funds researchers to understand the effects of changing ocean chemistry on oysters, develop new methods of farming oysters, and improve larval survival among many other topics.
Sea Grant aquaculture extension specialists like Julie Davis with South Carolina Sea Grant and Dana Morse with Maine Sea Grant provide expert advice on oyster growing and harvesting techniques. Others like Rusty Grice with Mississippi-Alabama Sea Grant focus on providing business advice. In Georgia, Sea Grant operates a hatchery to help launch a local industry. Sea Grant also hosts workshops, like the Halfshell Marketing workshop organized by Virginia Sea Grant and the Oyster Culture Gear and Suppliers workshop hosted by Florida Sea Grant.
Save the oysters!
In addition to eating oysters, you can help local oysters in other ways. Sea Grant, many partners, and a lot of volunteers are working to restore oyster populations and habitats. New Hampshire Sea Grant trains volunteers to be oyster gardeners. Many other Sea Grant programs also offer oyster gardening tips.
It's all about the people.
Sea Grant supports people learning from people, including sharing knowledge about oysters. Just about everything we do is in partnership with other individuals, organizations and public programs. With funding from Sea Grant, Oyster South is providing fellowships for Southern oyster farmers to learn from each other.
Happy National Oyster Day!
National Oyster Day is August 5. We hope you enjoy a few and maybe start an oyster tradition. Share your celebration by including #SeaGrantOysters in your social media posts.
You can also browse some of our favorite oyster recipes on Pinterest.
Photo: Katherine O'Reilly