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Horn Point Oyster Hatchery Has Second Best Year on Record Despite Struggles

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 CAMBRIDGE, Md.- Another year, another 970 million oysters grown at Horn Point's oyster hatchery.

One of the many people involved in this project is Dr. Don Merrit, the leader of the team working hard to help restore the oyster population in the Chesapeake Bay.

"We ended up with the second highest number of production we've ever had.  Just shy of a billion, 970 thousand some oysters I believe.  But we struggled for part of the year with water quality issues that we weren't able to understand that were also prevalent at many of the other hatcheries in the bay, if not all of them," said Merrit.

This spring, the growing season was outstanding here at Horn Point, but then all of a sudden, the oysters stopped growing for six weeks.

"We don't know what caused it, we did a lot of things to try and figure it out.  But then it went away as quick as it came and we went as hard as we could, as fast as we could until it or something like it reoccurred around labor day."

This time, for just four weeks.  The downtime was made up by the team in hard work.

"We just worked harder and faster during the periods where mother nature was happy, and when we were having problems, we spent that time to figure out why we were having problems to correct it."

Even with ten weeks out of commission, almost a billion oysters grown is more than enough to make these scientists happy.



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