An Update on Oyster Restoration from Baykeeper NY/NJ

baykeeper nyAt Go Shuck An Oyster, we are always glad to share information about oyster restoration.  Here is an updated submitted by Baykeeper NY/NJ:

October 6th marked the end of yet another successful field season at our growing oyster reef in Soundview Park in the Bronx.

Working with our partners, Hudson River Foundation and NYC Parks (among others), Baykeeper staff and our eco-volunteers helped to construct and monitor an ongoing oyster reef restoration project.

baykeeper new yorkVolunteers had the opportunity to get in the water with waders and see the oyster reef up close. Observing oyster growth and survival, along with associated fauna, we were able to follow the oyster spat throughout the summer.

While we will not be in the field until next spring, this winter our oyster staff will be busy planning more volunteer dates and organizing fundraisers with our new partner, Finlandia Vodka. We’re looking forward to seeing you all again in the spring!

If you are interested in joining our mailing list for future eco-volunteer meetings, please email Allison at allison@nynjbaykeeper.org.

NY/NJ Baykeeper has been protecting, preserving, and restoring the ecological integrity of the NY/NJ Harbor since 1989. As a 501(c) (3) organization we work to shape and enforce water quality, land use, and coastal policies that impact the estuary and actively patrol the waterways to identify and stop polluters.

Visit our website to learn more: http://nynjbaykeeper.org/

Shaw's Crab House Oyster Fest Block Party

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SHAW'S CRAB HOUSE
PRESENTS
26TH ANNUAL

Friday, September 26, 2014

The best in live music, fresh seafood, and oysters from Shaw's and Goose Island Beer.

WHAT: Shaw's Oyster Fest Block Party returns to downtown Chicago on Friday, Sept. 26 from 3 p.m. - 10 p.m. Hosted by Chicago's premiere oyster bar, Shaw's Crab House, Oyster Fest brings together:
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  • live music, 
  • Goose Island beers, 
  • fresh seafood including from the West Coast
    • King Crab Bites
    • 3 kinds of West Coast Oysters
    • Cioppino served in a Bread Bowl
    • Pacific Oysters Rockefeller
  • From the East Coast
    • New England Chowda
    • Lobster Roll
    • 3 kinds of East Coast Oysters
    • Maryland Crab Cake Burger
    • Steamers with Drawn Butter
  •  From the Southern Coast 
    • Seafood Gumbo
    • Crawfish Étouffée
    • Oyster Po' Boy
    • Char Grilled Oysters
    • Fried Chicken Biscuit with Oyster Gravy
    • Dungeness Crab Cocktail
3,000 guests are expected to come down to Oyster Fest and slurp up nearly 15,000 oysters from the East and West Coast, signature bites from Shaw's Crab House, Goose Island beer, and live music from singer/songwriter Brett Dennen.

A high-energy Oyster Slurp Off will take place at Oyster Fest as last year's finalists go head-to-head with this year's contestants to see who will prevail as the slurping champion and take home the $1,000 prize.

This year, Oyster Fest kicks-off the 30th anniversary festivities of Shaw's Crab House which will celebrate its 30th anniversary of the Oyster Bar in December 2014 and the dining room in April 2015. For the full menu and more information, visit www.oysterfestchicago.com.

WHO: Shaw's Crab House, Bub City, and sponsors Goose Island Beer, Martin Codax Wines, Bridlewood Wines, Grey Goose, and Bacardi Live music from our headliner folk/ rock singer, song writer Brett Dennen, as well as Andrew Diehl and Odessa will rock out the Oyster Fest stage.

WHERE: 560 W. Grand St. (and the Chicago River)

WHEN: Friday, September 26, 2014 from 3:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.

TICKETS: General admission tickets are $25. For more information, to view the full line-up and menu, or to purchase tickets, visit www.oysterfestchicago.com.

Sounds like an event not to miss!  Go and enjoy and let them shuck the oysters for you.

Oysters Working Toward Improving Water Quality in NY-NJ Harbor Estuary

One of the projects of NY/NJ Baykeeper is to improve the water quality of the NY-NJ Harbor Estuary by repopulating the area with oysters.  Oysters are a keystone species native to the area and are key to improving the health of the Estuary.

Baykeeper is the only nonprofit organization conducting oyster research and restoration in both New York and New Jersey.

In NJ, Baykeeper is producing baby oysters for oyster restoration projects at the Aquaculture Facility located at Naval Weapons Station Earle. Here, hatchery raised oyster larvae attach, set, and grow on shell substrate. Once the oysters have “set” on the shell, and have grown for about two months, they are ready for release onto newly established oyster beds or reefs.

Last month, the Baykeeper Oyster Restoration Team launched the Oyster Skiff and set out to check on the oysters at Naval Weapons Station Earle. In summer 2013 over 250,000 baby oysters were produced at the aquaculture facility and hung off the trestle at Earle. June's monitoring trip revealed high oyster survivorship and growth rates, with many organisms present in and around the cages including barnacles, sea squirts, mud crabs, mud snails, polychaetes, spider crabs, Asian shore crabs, blood worms, tautog, and soft shell clams. Soon, spat will be set on shell and reefballs at the aquaculture facility and placed with last season's surviving oysters into structures on the ¼ acre research plot. Sign up for the Baykeeper Newsletter to follow their progress!

In NY, Baykeeper created a large oyster reef at Soundview Park in the Bronx which is split up into a scientific reef where partners monitor oysters for growth and survivorship; and a community reef which holds baskets of oysters used to educate volunteers about the reef and monitoring long term survival of oysters. Both are essential tools in the future of oyster restoration within the estuary. Volunteers are a huge help to Baykeeper because they help monitor oyster growth and notate survivorship. To sign up for the volunteer list, email Allison at allison@nynjbaykeeper.org.

Please support and learn more about the Baykeeper:

Proud Pour - Helping to Clean NY Harbor with Oysters

Proud Pour
Proud Pour OysterProud Pour is a new environmental wine start-up, located in New York City, that focuses on addressing major environmental problems - through wine.

Launched in 2014, Proud Pours first product will be "The Oyster" and it should be available by August 1st.

“The Oyster” is a Central Coast Sauvignon Blanc where every bottle restores 100 oysters to NY Harbor's historic (and functionally extinct) oyster population. As many of our readers know, reviving the oyster populations is supremely important for many reasons, and Proud Pour will help with:
  • Organically filtering up to 5,000 gallons of water daily
  • Helping sea plants receive sunlight by reducing excess nitrogen in the water
  • Creating reefs & habitats for fish, crabs, birds and other organisms.
NYC's Harbor has been severely neglected for nearly a century. Proud Pour is another great idea to help clean our waters!  You can help by purchasing and enjoying their wine.  We at Go Shuck An Oyster don't think that is too much to ask of our readers!  Cheers To Change.

To support, or learn more about, Proud Pour, visit www.proudpour.com and tell them Go Shuck An Oyster sent you.