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The Great Baltimore Oyster Partnership

 
 
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By Devry Jones, March 20, 2018
1. The Great Baltimore Oyster Partnership Marker
Inscription.
Did you know that oysters can live in Baltimore's Inner Harbor?
The Great Baltimore Oyster Partnership grows baby oysters (called spat) in cages hanging from docks and piers around the Harbor, inside the cages are recycled oyster shells and attached to each shell are six or more spat. Each cage can hold up to 800 baby oysters.

The cages provide a safe home fro the spat to grow by protecting them from predators and keeping them near the surface where there is plenty of food and oxygen.

Image captions:
1950 - Watermen harvesting oysters for consumption.
2015 - A volunteer growing oysters for restoration.

In the 1800s, Baltimore was the oyster canning capital of the world. 800,000 tons of oysters were harvested annually from the Chesapeake Bay. Today, volunteers help to restore the oyster population by growing spat-on-shell in cages around the Baltimore Harbor. These oysters are grown fro restoration purposes are not for human consumption.

For more information visit HealthyHarbor.org.

A single oyster can filter up to 50 gallons of water a day.

Every oyster is a tiny water filter. At their peak, there were enough oysters to filter all the water in the Chesapeake Bay every three days. Unfortunately, the Bay's oyster population
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By Devry Jones, March 20, 2018
2. The Great Baltimore Oyster Partnership Marker
has declined to 2% of historic levels. So by restoring the oyster population we are also helping to clean the Bay.

After nine months the spat are permanently relocated to a Chesapeake Bay oyster sanctuary where they will live out the rest of their lives protected from harvesting.

Oysters provide an ideal habitat for Chesapeake Bay animals.
 
Location. 39° 17.162′ N, 76° 36.532′ W. Marker is in Baltimore, Maryland. Marker is on East Pratt Street west of South Gay Street, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: Pier 3, Baltimore MD 21202, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Lightship Chesapeake (a few steps from this marker); Baltimore Riot Trail (within shouting distance of this marker); Together we remember the people of Maryland who perished on 9.11.2001 (within shouting distance of this marker); An Active Port for 300 Years (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Top of the World Observation Level World Trade Center (about 300 feet away); Dr. William V. Lockwood (about 500 feet away); Discover Baltimore: Four Centuries of Change (about 600 feet away); USS Constellation (about 600 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Baltimore.
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on March 26, 2018. This page originally submitted on March 20, 2018, by Devry Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 37 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on March 20, 2018, by Devry Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.
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