Community invited to learn about oyster sanctuary on Carter Creek
LocalLife Community invited to learn about oyster sanctuary on Carter Creek Neighbors in the watershed are invited to join Friends of the Rappahannock (FOR), W.E. Kellum Seafood, and Albert Pollard Jr. at Rappahannock Westminster-Canterbury (RWC) to celebrate the newest oyster sanctuary on the Eastern Branch of Carter Creek.
The event will take place at 5 p.m. April 15; light refreshments will be included. Watershed education demonstrations will be provided by students from Chesapeake Academy and guests will have an opportunity to hear from Friends of the Rappahannock, W.E. Kellum Seafood president Tommy Kellum and Pollard as they discuss the benefits of thriving oyster reefs and the oyster’s connection to improving water quality conditions in Carter Creek and the Rappahannock River.
‘I’m Happy to do my part by donating the oyster shore and, working with such great partners to keep Carter’s Creek fishable and swimmable. The project dovetails nicely with RWC’s recent investment in their wastewater treatment facilities with state of the art technology,” said Pollard.
The new reef is just upstream from Gaskin’s Wharf. FOR will restore 2.5 acres utilizing recycled shell gathered from restaurants throughout the watershed and purchased from local partners. This effort is made possible thanks to funding from a small watershed grant offered by the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation’s Chesapeake Bay Stewardship Fund.
“The restored reef sanctuary will provide valuable habitat for fish and wildlife, filter and clean the waters of Carter’s Creek, and become a long term outdoor classroom for school groups in the region,” said FOR executive director Daria Christian.
Leading up to the event, Kellum Seafood will shell the bottom with generously donated time, effort and equipment.
“Kellum Seafood is delighted to see a Carter’s Creek with a healthy oyster population. This is a classic win/win, with more local dollars and a cleaner creek,” said Kellum.