At the end of June, the first batch of new seed was delivered to the farm. It was fresh out of the upweller run by the crew over at Walrus and Carpenter oysters, and looked great. Each piece already showed signs of having good cup shape and most carried a signature black stripe down the center of the top shell. The goal for the 2015 season was to put 250,000 oyster babies on the farm and, this was the first 50,000 of that.
This year on top of the normal farming operation, a contract was secured through the NRCS to do some oyster reef restoration work. Along with 4 of the other farmers in the pond, spat on shell was secured from the ARC hatchery, and the plan was to grow it out on our farms until it was around an inch in size. Once at an inch, we will move it to designated sites in the pond and place it on top of clean shell piles to hopefully get some reefs started.