Annapolis, MD – The Oyster Recovery Partnership (ORP) will reveal year over year Shell Recycling Alliance collection results and also announce winners in the second annual “It’s My Bay” Environmental Stewardship Awards to outstanding citizens, shell recycling restaurants, and seafood corporations during the first-ever Mermaid’s Kiss Oyster Fest tonight, September 9, 2011 at Sandy Point State Park.

The Shell Recycling Alliance, founded by the Oyster Recovery Partnership in 2010, is the first of its kind for our region. Alliance members — including seafood wholesalers, restaurants and caterers — have a unique opportunity to actively participate in Chesapeake Bay oyster restoration by collecting and donating used oyster shells. ORP picks up and transports these shells to the University of Maryland Horn Point hatchery in Cambridge, MD to be recycled and replanted, with new oysters (spat) attached, back into the bay. Proceeds from the Mermaid’s Kiss event will enable Shell Recycling Alliance efforts to continue. For every $50,000 raised, ORP can collect 1,500 bushels of shell and plant more than 5 million baby oysters back into our bay. All oyster shells collected from the event will be recycled for oyster reef rehabilitation.

WHO: Oyster Recovery Partnership: Based in Annapolis, MD

WHAT: Press Event, Awards Ceremony & Fundraiser for Oyster Recovery Partnership. Includes 8 oyster varieties, live music by Rob Levit Duo, appetizers prepared by popular local restaurants — *Complimentary Press Pass Available

WHEN: Friday, September 9, 2011
5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

WHERE: Sandy Point State Park, Annapolis Maryland

CONTACT: Please RSVP to Sarah Walker at (410) 990-4970 or swalker@oysterrecovery.org

Tickets can also be purchased at http://conta.cc/pl6ZP0

Visit www.oysterrecovery.org for more information on the efforts and importance of oyster restoration in Maryland.

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