Little Bay Oysters, Will Carey
You will not find more agencies and organizations that profoundly care about Great Bay, in one location and at one time, than you will at the Piscataqua Oysterpalooza.
CCA NH’s annual Piscataqua Oysterpalooza was definitely a fun-filled family event on Sunday, September 22, at the Seacoast Science Center in Rye, NH. It’s a shame if you missed it. The event raises money for CCA NH’s oyster shell recycling project and Great Bay restoration.
Getting ready for the big event.
Pictures by Deb Burd
The primary sponsors: Eldredge Lumber and affiliates of York, Maine, Smuttynose Brewery of Portsmouth, NH, and Seaport Fish of Rye, NH and Kittery, Maine, had support from a host of other supporters like Phil Philbrick of Philbrick’s Fresh Market of Portsmouth, Squamscott Beverages, Favorite Foods from Somersworth, and Exeter Tents and Rentals. The list is long, so take a look at to the right and also find the picture gallery. CCA NH is fortunate to have so many fine supporters.
Besides our membership table, we were joined by other groups also concerned about the health of Great Bay and the Piscataqua, like The Conservation Law Foundation, the Great Bay Stewards, NH Fish and Game, UNH Jackson Estuarine Lab, The Nature Conservancy and Ellen Goethel’s Touch Tank. Volunteers from Great Bay Trout Unlimited and the Stewards helped CCA NH pull it all together.
If you were fortunate enough to attend, you would have enjoyed some of the finest food on the Seacoast offered by The Surf, Jumpin’ Jay’s Fish Café, Robert’s Maine Grill, The Old Salt, Newick’s, and Flatbread Pizza. All these folks know how to make your mouth water. The oysters came from not only Seaport Fish, but from two Great Bay producers: Cedar Point Shellfish and Little Bay Oyster Co. Not only was the food exceptional, the music provided by the Squid Jiggers was absolutely perfect.
Though we have had oyster shucking competitions the last two years, Piscataqua Oysterpalooza, is now the home of the NH Oyster Shucking Championship and is open to all comers. With $600 in cash prizes on the table, a winner’s plaque, the right to go to the national championship event, and the fact that NH Governor Maggie Hassan would announce and congratulate the winners, the competition was fierce to say the least. The results were unbelievably close, but the NH boys could not quite pull it out. Mamadou Diallo of Boston’s Union Oyster House took first place and will represent NH in the nationals. Jeff Odess of Jumpin’ Jay’s Fish Café’ finished second, and Brian Sorrentino representing the Surf restaurant finished third.
NH Governor, Maggie Hassan, and NH Oyster Shucking Champion, Mamadou Diallo, of Union Oyster House, Boston, MA.
Picture by Deb Burd
Introduced by CCANH President, Jeff Barnum, as “the hardest working person in NH”, Governor Maggie Hassan appreciated the restoration efforts of CCA NH and all the other like-minded folks and groups protecting and improving the marine resources for the citizens of New Hampshire.
Governor Hassan, and CCANH President, Jeff Barnum, take a moment to discuss the event.
Picture by Deb Burd