Oyster season in South Carolina has officially begun! Typically, the season runs from October through mid May, so it avoids the warmer months when these mollusks are reproducing and re-populating our estuaries.
Oysters begin their lives as plankton and will drift through the water until they find a suitable surface to attach to and grow their shell. Filter feeders like our native eastern oysters help rid our waterways of various pollutants, contaminants, and toxins that would otherwise pose a threat to other plants and animals. An adult oyster can filter up to 50 gallons of water over the course of 24 hours, so they’re continued presence in our salt marsh is critical to the health of the estuarine ecosystem as a whole!