ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - The Maryland Department of Natural Resources says it is looking for communities interested in helping raise baby oysters.
The department says the Marylanders Grow Oysters program raised more than 2 million oysters last year that were later planted in sanctuaries.
State officials say the program began six years ago with about 900 cages along the Tred Avon River. It has now has expanded to nearly 7,500 cages in 30 bay tributaries.
DNR says it is seeking local coordinators for additional rivers, creeks and bay areas. The oysters require minimal care, mostly rinsing of the cages every two weeks.
Oysters are a part of bay restoration efforts because the filter feeders help clean bay water. The application deadline is May 15.