Phillips Wharf Environmental Center is helping to filter our local waters by adopting a private program for the Bay Hundred Area, based on the principles of the Marylanders Grow Oysters program.
Now without state funding to cover the local program's operational costs, our Tilghman Islanders Grow Oysters (TIGO) program is 100% funded through private donations to PWEC, and includes participants on Tilghman Island, Harris Creek, and Broad Creek, as well as on the waterways of Bozman and Neavitt.
Through this fun, educational program, citizen volunteers tend oysters for their first year of life as they grow in wire mesh cages suspended from piers.
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.
The oyster spat and cages are provided through the generosity of our donors, and are distributed by Phillips Wharf to our growers.
The oysters require minimal care–periodically checking to make sure cages are not resting on the bottom. 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.
To date, Phillips Wharf has planted approximately 800,000 spat on shell. That's 40-million gallons of water per day being filtered, thanks to the efforts of those participating in TIGO.
Due to TIGO volunteers' continued support and an improvement in infrastructure, we aim to double that number over the next two years.
Since the program's inception, Phillips Wharf has placed up to 620 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!
To JOIN AS A NEW GROWER please print and complete a New Volunteer Form
You may return the forms by:
- Mail to Phillips Wharf Environmental Center.
- Email as an attachment to email@example.com
- In person to Phillips Wharf Environmental Center