OPAK had the opportunity to join the Wellfleet Oyster Festival today for a recurrence of the event that certainly will not be forgotten. This year there were no raw oysters available from the Wellfleet hatcheries because of a suspected outbreak of a virus coming from the oysters that causes stomach problems. Typically, the raw oysters from Wellfleet steal the spotlight, but this year ironically issues like Marine Pollution took center stage. In the future, visitors to the festival should remember how oysters are impacted by water quality and marine pollution. This way all oyster aficionados become ocean advocates, too.
OPAK encourages you to take a look into some of the guests of the event this year, including, but not limited to: 5Gyers Institute, Center for Coastal Studies in Provincetown, MA, NOAA, Ocean Conservancy, and the multitude of local artists who came out to display their stuff today. And above all to remember the power of local activism that was shown through the Festival thanks to the Wellfleet Recycling efforts and the innovative of SPAT and Festival organizers to put recycling at the forefront of the event. We are looking forward to enjoying more oysters in the future, but we are also pleased that citizens from near and far still came out today to support the local community and the organizations that put a lot of work into being a part of the Festival!
We also hope to have a seat at the event next year so we can show off all that our students have done for the Cape environment!