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DNR, ORP And Midatlantic Restaurants Partner To Help

Rebuild Oyster Population

“From the Bay, For the Bay”
Dine-Out raises more than $20,000

Annapolis, Md. (January 23, 2012) – Governor Martin

O’Malley today announced the results of the Maryland

Department of Natural Resources (DNR) 2011 From the

Bay, For the Bay Dine Out. Through a collaborative

partnership among regional restaurants, DNR and the

Oyster Recovery Partnership (ORP), the week-long

celebration raised $20,240 to support Chesapeake Bay

oyster restoration.

“The first annual From the Bay, For the Bay dine-out

proved to be a huge success for everyone involved,”

said Governor O’Malley. “Not only did the event raise

funds to help us rebuild our native oyster population,

it showcased our terrific Maryland seafood and our

ongoing efforts to restore the Bay.”

More than 170 restaurants in Maryland, Washington D.C.,

Delaware, Pennsylvania and Virginia participated in the

promotion, which took place October 2-9, 2011. The

restaurants donated $1 from every Maryland seafood

dinner sold during the week; the money is being donated

to ORP to support oyster restoration efforts.

Top participating restaurants included the Boatyard Bar

& Grill in Annapolis, Woodberry Kitchen and Ryleigh’s

Oyster Bar in Baltimore, and Matchbox Restaurants in

Washington, DC. Together they donated $5,626.

“We are grateful for the enthusiastic response from our

From the Bay, For the Bay partners,” said Stephan Abel,

Executive Director of ORP. “The funds that were

received will enable us to recycle over 300 bushels of

oyster shells and then plant 1.5 million baby oysters

back into the Bay.”

ORP’s oyster restoration activities include collecting,

aging, cleaning oyster shells and planting spat (baby

oysters), on the oyster shells. The spat is produced by

the University of Maryland, Center for Environmental

Science Horn Point Hatchery.

Over the past decade, the Oyster Recovery Partnership

has replanted hundreds of millions of oysters in the

Bay. Oysters are a critical species to the Bay’s long

term recovery. A healthy oyster reef not only filters

the Bay’s waters, but also provides habitat for other

marine life such as blue crabs and striped bass.

Restoration efforts for the 2012 season will begin in

February.

The Oyster Recovery Partnership’s most

publically-recognized program – the region’s oyster

Shell Recycling Alliance – is made up of nearly 100

restaurants, caterers and seafood distributors from the

mid-Atlantic region, as well as citizen volunteers who

collect donated used oyster shells from these

businesses to aid in restoring the Chesapeake Bay. The

Shell Recycling Alliance has quickly grown to provide

15 percent of Maryland’s shell needs at current oyster

production levels, prolonging the State’s limited shell

reserves. For more information on the Oyster Recovery

Partnership, visit oysterrecovery.org.
 
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