Literature- Oyster science, diseases etc. (in progress)
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The Northern Neck Fair will be held June 15, at the Women's Club of Northumberland County, 2890 Northumberland Hwy, Lottsburg, VA 22511. The facility is just west of Allison's Ace Hardware, off Route 360. The agenda includes:
8:30AM- Registration begins, (Light refreshments provided)
8:30 to 9:30AM - Vendors of oyster gardening equipment, spat and supplies are invited to display their wares for sale. Spat availability, both diploid and triploid, is dependent upon winter mortality. Also a good time to question Master Oyster Gardeners about your gardening issues.
9:30 to 9:40AM - Remarks by the TOGA President and introduction of speakers.
9:40 to 10:15AM- Educational program begins- Mr. A.J. Erskine, Aquaculture Manager & Field Scientist, Bevans Oyster Company and Cowarts Seafood, will speak about- Shellfish Aquaculture Sustainability.
10:15 to 10:30AM- TOGA President Brian Wood describes the latest results from the ongoing Growth and Longevity Study being conducting by TOGA volunteers.
10:30 to 11:00AM- Vic Spain will discuss How to Get Started Oyster Gardening. Details include how to get spat (oyster seed) and when best to deploy, equipment needed (on display) and how to maintain it, how many per cage, how long to harvest, sanitation, how to get help, helpful literature etc. This is mainly designed for new gardeners, so folks are welcome to stay or head to Cowarts Seafood for a tour.
11:00 to 11:30AM- Tour of Cowarts Seafood. Mr. Erskine will provide a tour of Cowarts Seafood, including an overview of oyster hatchery operations.