Support Oyster Restoration

MGO-header-photoPhillips Wharf Environmental Center is your local coordinator for the Marylanders Grow Oysters program, a volunteer-driven, state-wide oyster restoration program. Our territory includes Tilghman Island, Harris Creek, and Broad Creek, so we serve all of Bay Hundred plus Bozman and Neavitt.

Through this fun, educational program, citizen volunteers tend young oysters growing in wire mesh cages suspended from piers for their first year of life. The oyster spat and cages are provided at no charge, and we distribute them to our growers.

The oysters require minimal care – mostly sloshing the cages up and down in the water every week or two. After about 9-10 months, the oysters are collected and planted on a sanctuary bar in Harris Creek, and a new group of spat are distributed to participating growers to start the process again. Growers enjoy the personal rewards of stewardship while improving a local oyster bar.

So far Phillips Wharf has placed 537 oyster cages with 111 growers on Tilghman Island, Bay Hundred, and Harris and Broad Creek. Our goal is to have cages on every pier on Harris Creek, Broad Creek, and the Bayside!

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If you own waterfront with a pier, whether it is residential or commercial, or have a boat slip, you can become an oyster farmer. Please volunteer to grow oysters with us.

TIGO Renewal Volunteer Form

To JOIN AS A NEW GROWER please print and complete a

TIGO New Volunteer Registration Form

You may return the forms by:

  • Mail to Phillips Wharf Environmental Center.
  • Scanning the form and email as an attachment to oysters@pwec.org.
  • Completing the web form below.

Oyster planting day will be June 4th.