The following piece was written by one of our youngest oyster growing volunteers.
Her enthusiasm for oysters and understanding of the bay is quite impressive for someone so young.
One of the best parts about my job as Volunteer Coordinator for the South River Federation is working with our community members who are so dedicated to saving the South River.
My name is Amanda. I'm 9 years old and I live on Turkey Point Island. I also have oysters in the bay!
Oysters are a very important part of our water. They are great, fun and awesome! But the problem is that they are getting extinct.
There are only 2 species left.
The fertilizer that you put on your plants to make them grow really kills the oysters. When it rains, the fertilizer washes through drains causing it to go in the bay. Then, algae grows because of the junk that's in the water.
Algae can take up a lot of oxygen. Oxygen is what oysters need to live, so when algae uses up the oxygen in the water, it kills oysters. The name oysters may sound really gross, but they're not. I just had an experience with them, and they are awesome!
You can find scars, boxes, babies, and more! But the most important lesson here is that they are special. They are just like you and me, only animals. Oysters have a right to live, just like us.