|The surface area allows more oyster spat to settle on castles|
Oyster castles provide three-dimensional habitat for a variety of animals
This project site is located on the Eastern Shore near Machipongo, approximately an hour and a half drive from the VLM. To reach the reef from our launching point, we boarded a Carolina skiff to the project site less than a mile offshore. Because the site is located in shallow water, each construction day is planned around the tides so we went out at around 11AM (low tide) so lower castle pieces were visible.
The castle reefs replace natural reefs that are disappearing from the Bay
American oysters are an essential component of the Chesapeake bay aquatic ecosystem. Oyster bars provide secure structure for various plants to thrive on and three dimensional habitat that are home to a multitude of small fishes, crustaceans and invertebrates.
Patrycja Lawryniuk is proud of her castle
Carol Paulson supervises
Carol and Patrycja are always happy to help out!