April 8, 2016
CONTACTS: Tim Zink, 410-962-4436/Marty Welch 202-224-4524
Cardin in Southern Maryland to PEARL and Oyster Dive
Senator to visit Morgan State University’s Patuxent Environmental & Aquatic Research Laboratory (PEARL) oyster hatchery, meet with shellfish growers and harvesters, tour oyster farms   
Monday, April 11 at 11:00 AM, U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) will visit Calvert County, Md., to meet with oyster farmers, sample aquaculture operations in the Patuxent River and tour Morgan State University’s innovative Patuxent Environmental & Aquatic Research Laboratory (PEARL), where a reinvigorated oyster hatchery could help fuel the expansion of Maryland’s promising oyster aquaculture industry.  
“Maryland’s oyster aquaculture industry holds great promise for providing delicious oysters, good jobs in rural areas and significant environmental benefits, and I am proud to continue fighting for its growth,” said Senator Cardin, a senior member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee. “The PEARL oyster hatchery is poised to begin providing Maryland’s oyster farmers a steady and ready supply of larvae, helping farmers to overcome one of the key challenges to establishing and growing oyster farms. I very much look forward to learning more about the lab’s operations and aspirations, along with touring nearby oyster farms and meeting with the local shellfish growers who are extending Maryland’s reputation for first-class seafood.”   
WHAT:                      PEARL Lab/Oyster Farm Site Tours and Discussion
            WHO:                        U.S. Senator Ben Cardin
Dr. Victor McCrary, Vice President, Morgan State University
                                                Dr. Kelton Clark, Director, PEARL
                                                Patuxent Seafood Co.
                                                Southern Maryland Shellfish Growers Association
WHEN/WHERE:      Monday, April 11
                                    11:00 AM – Patuxent Seafood Co./Oyster Farm Tour
                                                            4149 School Rd., Broomes Island, MD 20615
                                    12:15 PM – Working Lunch with Oyster Farmers at PEARL
10545 Mackall Rd., Saint Leonard, MD 20685
HOW:                        MEDIA MUST RSVP to Tim Zink