2010-09-09 / About Town

Library to host ‘OGRE’ talk

The Friends of the Jamestown Library will host a talk on R.I. Oyster Gardening for Restoration and Education by Steve Patterson on Sunday, Sept. 19, at 3 p.m.

Since 2006, Roger Williams University has been successfully implementing the OGRE program in order to re-create oyster reefs throughout the Bay.

These oysters are for cleaning the Bay, not for eating, and OGRE has released over two million oysters to date, creating eight oyster reefs around the Bay. The OGRE program has grown to nearly 100 volunteers who take care of OGRE floats placed at privately owned docks and mooring lines. Each float contains six bags, and each bag has roughly 1,000 oysters growing on pieces of shell.

This year, the OGRE program expects to release nearly a halfmillion oysters throughout its eight sanctuary sites.

Sheffield Cove in Jamestown is now home to 10 floats. Come learn more about RI-OGRE and what they and their oysters are doing to clean up the Bay.

The program is free and open to the public. Call the library at 423- 7280 for more information.

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