Harbor East Marina to install oyster cages to help reduce harbor water pollution
BALTIMORE (WBFF) – Along the promenade wall of the Harbor East Marina will soon be 25 oyster cages filled with bivalves placed there to help clean up the water in the harbor.
The marina is making such an effort in sport of the Great Baltimore Oyster Partnership, a collaboration that aims to plant 5 million oysters in the Patapsco River in Baltimore. The Waterfront Partnership of Baltimore and the Chesapeake Bay Foundation have devised the plan to plant oysters and use other cleanup efforts to the harbor safe for swimming by 2020.
Harbor East Marina will be placing the cages along a wall where it says the young oysters held within will have time and receive care to safely mature, after which they be moved to a sanctuary further along the Patapsco. Adult oysters can filter up to 50 gallons of water a day by eating up algae and removing dirt and nitrogen, according to the Chesapeake Bay Foundation's website.
“Harbor East Marina is dedicated to supporting the sustainability of the Chesapeake Bay,” said Harbor East Marina Director of Operations Eric Bradley in a release. “By creating a safe space for these oysters to grow in Baltimore, we will effectively be adding a natural filtration to the Inner Harbor.”
The marina will also be dedicating staff to take care of the cages and built-up algae, check on the well-being of the budding oysters and remove debris from surrounding waters.
The cages will be officially installed at 9 a.m. on Friday.