Building Oyster Mats at MDCOct 14th, 2014 | Category: Blogs, MDC News, Oyster Restoration News, Shoreline Restoration News
On Saturday, October 4, members of the community came together at the Marine Discovery Center to construct oyster mats to restore oyster beds in the Indian River Lagoon. From middle school students to retired firefighters, the participants were diverse but the goal was the same: do your part to help the local ecosystem. In just a few hours, the volunteers created 33 new oyster mats.
The team set to work attaching clean recycled shells to mesh mats that will be placed in the lagoon to form a new oyster reef. Each mats is like one square on a large quilt that will help stabilize the shoreline and form the basis of a new oyster reef. Within weeks of being placed in the lagoon, planktonic larval oysters will attach and begin to grow on these recycled oyster shells. Other invertebrates will also find homes on and among the shells, which will attract hermit crabs, fish, and more to the new reef.
The next oyster mat making session is this Saturday, October 18. MDC staff will show you everything you need to know, and supply all the necessary materials. The session is free and open to the public from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., and is fun for all ages. No RSVP required. Come show some love for the lagoon at MDC!