Oyster Culture and Cuisine at Feb. 23 Science Saturday

Learn about “oystering” from the farmers of Forty North Oysters and 7 Bridges Oysters – and sample some of the product! – at the Feb. 23 installment of Science Saturday at the Long Beach Island Foundation of the Arts and Sciences.

The local oyster industry was booming from the late 1800s to the 1950s, but was subsequently harmed by overharvesting and shellfish disease. Now, though, oysters are making a comeback.

“Did you know oysters are being grown right behind High Bar Harbor and other places in Little Egg Harbor Bay?” LBIF Membership and Community Coordinator Jillian Schratz asks. Find out more as farmers Matt Gregg and Theo Gerike discuss oyster culture and cuisine from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Foundation’s main building.

Science Saturdays are scheduled through April 27, except for April 20. All presentations feature local experts tackling the scientific, environmental and sustainability issues that most affect our shore community and the surrounding waters. A schedule of all upcoming lectures is available online at lbifoundation.org/science/science-saturdays-3.

Admission to Science Saturdays – organized by the LBIF Science Committee – is free for Foundation members. A $5 donation per person is requested from all other attendees.

LBIF is located at 120 Long Beach Blvd. in Loveladies.

For more information, call 609-494-1241 or visit lbifoundation.org. The Foundation is also on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Pinterest.

—J.K.H.

Reposted from The Sandpaper