On January 29th, we will be gathering for the 2nd annual Alabama Oyster Social to celebrate The Alabama oyster, the hard work of the Oystermen and the Auburn Shellfish Lab.
Since last year’s Oyster Social, much has happened. For one, the popularity of the Alabama oyster has soared. However, all the news isn’t good. The lease that holds the land and waterfront where many of our favorite oysters are raised and harvested is not being renewed. Despite all efforts, the family that owns the land will not be renewing the leases…PERIOD! Many of our favorite Alabama oyster farms will be affected including Mon Louis, Murder Point, Turtlebacks, Captain Zeke’s Bay Oysters, Pass Huitre and Southern Pearls.
One of the key assets in the Alabama oyster movement, the Auburn University oyster farming zone, will also be hit. Practical, essential research is conducted in this area, located in Portersville Bay in Mississippi Sound. The farming region also raises seed (juvenile oysters) for this new industry and houses a ‘business park’ in cooperation with the Organized Seafood Association of Alabama. This business park has been a catalyst for new oyster farms, providing acreage to six new commercial oyster farms.
This move, while challenging, also presents a tremendous opportunity! Auburn University hopes to establish a new zone, providing opportunities for current and new oyster farmers. Here, university researchers will conduct cutting-edge research and provide practical, hands-on training, while also establishing an oyster farming experiment station.
Please join us in celebrating the Alabama Oyster. For event and ticket information, please visit www.alabamaoystersocial.com