(Above photo courtesy of North Carolina Coastal Federation)
Blue Water Grill & Raw has partnered with the North Carolina Coastal Federation to begin recycling our oyster shells which will be used to help build and establish local oyster beds. Not only are oysters delicious and one of our favorite foods to prepare at Blue Water, they are vital to our marine habitats and provide clean water filtration. We are looking forward to working with the Coastal Federation in an effort to rebuild our waters!
Oyster harvesting in North Carolina has declined rapidly over the years and there is hope to rebuild our oyster population to one day be the “Napa Valley” of oysters. According to the North Carolina Coastal Federation’s website, www.nccoast.org, “oyster harvest within the state has declined to about 15 to 20 percent of historic 1889 harvest levels, when 800,000 bushels of oysters — 5.6 million pounds of oyster meat — were harvested from North Carolina waters.”
As we shuck the oysters for our customers, we will no longer discard them into the trash. We will now fill 12 buckets that will be picked up by volunteers twice a week so that the shells can be recycled and used to grow more oysters. For additional information on the process, please visit this link: http://www.nccoast.org/protect-the-coast/restore/oyster-habitat/
Currently, the availability of local oysters is scarce. The runoff waters from the off-season storms of Hermine and Matthew have taken their toll on harvesting, thus driving up the price of “true” local oysters.
And if you are an oyster lover, we have good news! Blue Water will be holding a 6 course oyster wine dinner on Saturday, March 25th with James Beard Award winning author and oyster expert, Rowan Jacobson. We are lucky to have the opportunity for Mr. Jacobson to share his expertise and experiences with us! Chef Evan Hayes will prepare a delectable dinner starring oysters and pairing each course with a delicious wine. For tickets: https://www.obxtasteofthebeach.com/event/oysters-on-the-water/
The Nitty Gritty Facts on Oysters….. Did you know?!
- One adult oyster can filter up to 50 gallons of water a day.
- One healthy oyster reef can be home to an estimated 300 different organisms, including: flounder, shrimp, clams, and blue crabs.
- Oysters are sexually amorphous and can change sex depending on environmental conditions.
- Oyster reefs provide natural erosion control to our shorelines by breaking down the wave energy.