EASTON - Silver Linings, a sterling silver and gemstone jewelry store with locations in St. Michaels and Easton, donated over $4,000 to the Horn Point Laboratory Oyster Hatchery in Cambridge. The contribution was generated by sales of the silver sterling and 14k Oyster & Crab Pendant from April through October.
As one of the largest oyster hatcheries on the East Coast, the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science Horn Point Laboratory Oyster Hatchery produces oyster larvae to be used for research, restoration and educational projects. As a result of the hatchery's spawning efforts, over 3.5 billion oyster spat, essentially baby oysters, have been deployed to the Chesapeake Bay over the last decade.
"We were overwhelmed and thrilled by the community's response to this initiative," said Aida Leisure, owner of Silver Linings. "Our customers were excited to have a way to support the real-life inspiration for this beautiful piece of jewelry. Oysters are crucial to the health and cleanliness of the Chesapeake Bay."
These filter feeders serve as vacuum cleaners for the Bay's entire aquatic ecosystem; a single oyster can filter over 50 gallons of water per day. The abundance of oysters in local bodies of water is important to both ecological and economic systems. Crassostrea virginica, the Eastern Oyster, is native to the Bay. Each year, Horn Point Oyster Hatchery begins spawning these oysters in April.
"The donation received from Silver Linings will directly benefit our ability to produce more spat for the upcoming spawning season," said Stephanie Alexander, Oyster Hatchery manager. "The Silver Linings recent Oyster & Crab Pendant campaign definitely raised awareness as to the importance of the oyster to support a healthy Chesapeake Bay."
For more information about the Horn Point Laboratory Oyster Hatchery, visit www.hpl.umces.edu/hatchery. The Oyster & Crab Pendant or Pin/Pendant may be purchased at one of Silver Linings' retail stores or online at www.silverliningsmd.com.