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Welcome!

December is a big month for Chesapeake Baysavers starting with hosting our Second Annual Shells & Bells, a Party on the Creek.

This year’s event will be held on Saturday, December 8th at the historic Charles Carroll House & Gardens, with the very best viewing location for the Eastport Parade of Lights.

Guests will enjoy a locally sourced tasting menu, farm raised oyster shucking stations, wine, champagne and an open bar. The Bachelor Boys will return to get the party floor dancing and everyone will have an opportunity to win amazing auction items.

Your support helps drive the environmental work of our outstanding organization and enables us to continue our legislative initiatives as we close out our 10th year.

Some of our accomplishments of the 2018 Legislative Session include:

 

● Working with legislators to carve out a $150,000.00 whistleblower fund to be used to catch the lawbreakers who are stealing from our oyster sanctuaries. Several years ago, BaySavers funded a $10.000.00 reward which resulted in catching the largest seafood theft ring ever working the Chesapeake Bay! Our work this session builds on our prior great success in this area.

● Saving the oyster aquaculture industry in Maryland! House Bill 1426 - Aquaculture Leases and Public Shellfish Fishery Areas - was introduced to prohibit aquaculture within 1,000 feet of Yates Bar. Yates Bar has been a historical public fishery since the early 1900’s. If this bill had passed as introduced, it would have shut down the aquaculture industry in Maryland.

● Increasing the Oyster Shell Recycling Credit from $750 to $1,500. In 2010, BaySavers lobbied legislation to implement a credit to entice restaurants to recycle their oyster shells to be used for restoration efforts. After 8 years, we were able to increase the allowable amount claimed to $1,500 with the passing of HB 572 – Income Tax – Oyster Shell Recycling Credit – Maximum Allowable Amount and Sunset Extension. This program will be in effect until 2021, when we will fight to increase it again!

Purchase your tickets today! Visit https//shellsandbells.org