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Volunteers planted 2.2 million oysters Nov. 4 on a 5-acre plot in the St. Mary’s River oyster sanctuary. A team comprised of St. Mary’s Watershed Association members, local watermen, St. Mary’s College of Maryland students and elementary and high school students relocated 830 bags of spat on shell.

The group grew the oysters from scratch with a student-led oyster nursery project during the summer. Coordinators Allison Rugila and Paula Riner worked with locally owned Shore Thing Shellfish to set up and maintain a tank in which oyster larvae was released onto shell, and once attached, moved by the bagfuls under the pier at the college waterfront.

The watershed association is hosting a groundbreaking celebration of a new three-dimensional reef in the St. Mary’s River on Saturday, Nov. 10, from noon to 3 p.m. at the back lawn of the Muldoon River Center at the college. Grilled oysters and hot dogs will be available and a ceremony will begin at 1 p.m.

For more information, visit www.smrwa.org.