Live Green: Delaware Sea Grant

LEWES, DE.– There is nothing better than buying locally grown food. But, what about fresh, locally harvested seafood– that could also help the environment? This week on Live Green, Meteorologist Sloane Haines spoke with Dr. Edward Hale from the Delaware Sea Grant and Steve Friend of Friends Clams & Oysters LLC.

In the coastal city of Lewes, Delaware, harvesting shell fish is a tradition. The work is hard, but rewarding for locals like Steve Friend. Unfortunately, during these challenging times, businesses like Friend’s Clams and Oysters took a hard hit.

Steve Friend said, “When the virus hit, we weren’t selling anything. It just came to a screeching halt. And then when Ed came up with this, it helped us pay the bills.”

It took special people, like Dr. Edward Hale, to help these businesses get back on their feet. He created a directory of fishermen and shell fish producers for the public to contact.”I sent it out to all of our commercial fishermen and shell fish producers. I said: ‘Hey, if you are interested, I’ll put your information online and make it presentable to the public, so that folks can essentially figure out what you fish for or produce,'” stated Dr. Hale.

As life slowly returns to normal, the demand for oysters is on the rise. But, this mollusk is more than a local delicacy. It enhances Delmarva’s waterways.

Friend said, “When I heard that our inland bays and waterways were 90% polluted, that hit me in my heart.”

And Dr. Edward Hale elaborated on how oysters help our local waterways: “The act of growing oysters is actually really a green practice. It’s a very green farming technique. The oysters essentially sift their pathway and filter water. And so the oyster essentially is enhancing water quality.”

So next time you crave seafood, try a locally grown oyster. You will be helping local businesses and ecosystems. Plus, you will know where your food is coming from: home.

If you are craving local seafood, contact Friend’s Clams and Oysters at friendsheshe@gmail.com or visit the Delaware Sea Grant website for more information. Remember, when you buy local you are not just helping Delmarva businesses, but creating a sustainable future.

If you know a green business on Delmarva, please send their contact information to Meteorologist Sloane Haines via email or social media.

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