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Snow Island Oyster Tour with Quahog Bay Conservancy

This event is now full. To join the waitlist, please email Lindy Magness at lindy@hhltmaine.org

Join the Quahog Bay Conservancy (QBC) for this informative tour of their Snow Island Oyster operation and headquarter facility. We’ll learn how the oysters are grown and harvested, and how QBC’s conservation initiatives have grown and evolved with the goal of safeguarding Quahog Bay. We’ll be going out on a QBC boat to see at least one of their aquaculture lease sites. Please come dressed appropriately for the weather (warm clothes, rain jacket, closed-toed shoes or boots).  Participants will have an opportunity to purchase Snow Island Oysters at the end of the tour. Spaces are limited so advance registration is required.

The mission of Quahog Bay Conservancy (QBC) is to revitalize the ecosystem of Quahog Bay to a robust and resilient state for all communities that depend on it. Through sustainable aquaculture, ecosystem monitoring, and community education, QBC aims to conserve natural habitat, protect native wildlife, foster environmental stewards, and support Maine’s working waterfront. When QBC was launched in 2015, water quality in Quahog Bay was so poor that the state of Maine had a long-standing ban on all shellfish harvesting within its boundaries. As a direct result of QBC’s conservation programs and cooperative work with the Maine Department of Marine Resources, that ban was lifted within one year. To further improve water quality in the bay, QBC then launched the Snow Island oyster aquaculture program to further clean the Bay. Today, QBC remains steadfast in its commitment to its conservation initiatives while also venturing into new frontiers of marine research. Through the establishment of a highly esteemed, academically accredited internship program, we strive to cultivate the next generation of marine scientists and environmental stewards. Additionally, we actively foster collaborations with a diverse array of local organizations, furthering our mission to protect and preserve our marine ecosystems.