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Perdue, Nanticoke Residents Participate In Oyster Recovery

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NANTICOKE, Md. - Perdue came together with the community of Nanticoke for the third "Grow Oysters Program."    

Perdue associates, along with the Oyster Recovery Partnership, Maryland Dept. of Natural Resources participated in the third straight year. 

Over 60 volunteers and 30 Perdue associates came out, filling around 250 cages with more than 750,000 baby oysters.  Organizers say it's critical to the health of the Nanticoke River as oysters help filter out the water.  The process right now: to nurture them until they are able to live on their own.

"The infant oysters are very fragile at this stage of life so the community is essentially babysitting them for this first year of life until they get to a stage where they can be released into the wild," said Chad Clem, a Perdue project coordinator.

Also, organizers filled over 350 bags with clean oyster shells for young larvae to attach themselves to at the hatchery.  In the spring, they will be released and able to live on their own.

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