Daily Record Staff//June 2, 2022
//June 2, 2022
Perdue Farms associates joined Oyster Recovery Partnership (ORP) representatives to build oyster cages to support the Marylanders Grow Oysters program to improve the health of the Chesapeake Bay watershed.
The partnership also aligns with the company’s Delivering Hope To Our Neighbors initiative to improve quality of life and build strong communities.
Perdue associates and family members get instruction on how to build oyster cages in partnership with Oyster Recovery Partnership and Marylanders Grow Oysters Program at Perdue’s corporate office in Salisbury.
The Maryland Grows Oysters program, an initiative of the Maryland Department of Natural Resources, provides an opportunity for waterfront property owners to grow oysters from their piers to be planted on local oyster sanctuary preserves around the Bay watershed to help rebuild the oyster population.
The cages are used to support the growth of young oysters during their most vulnerable first year of life. Once the oysters are about one inch in size, they are planted on local sanctuaries where their filtration powers will be put to work enriching tributaries’ ecosystems and providing habitat for marine life, such as fish and crabs.
This marks Perdue’s 13th year partnering with ORP for community-based conservation efforts.