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Busy Bag Makers At MDC

Aug 19th, 2014 | Category: Blogs, MDC News, Oyster Restoration News, Shoreline Restoration News

Happy it's done'14.jpgTwenty-one volunteers of all ages showed up for the Shuck and Share Oyster Recycling Project’s recent open bag-making day at the Marine Discovery Center. Youngsters and seniors alike shoveled shells, and filled and toted bags into a holding area on Saturday, Aug. 16. The group produced 161 new oyster bags, which will be used for deployments in future Indian River Lagoon shoreline restorations.

Participating in the open bag-making day was a group of visiting students from Valdosta State University in Valdosta, Georgia. Led by faculty member, Dr. Thomas Manning, the students have been experimenting with new artificial reef Lots o' shells.jpgmaterials and are testing their prototype through oyster cultivation and restoration projects. The students worked alongside other MDC volunteers and capped off the day on the center’s afternoon Discovery Boat eco-tour of the lagoon.

A number of volunteers at the event also worked to repair previously built oyster mats, reattaching shells and preparing the mats for future shoreline restorations. Other volunteers transported shell material to the entrance of the Marine Discovery Center, where the shells will be utilized   for ocean-friendly landscaping.

Working against the backdrop of the MDC’s soon-to-be-opened salt marsh restoration area, many of the volunteers climbed the elevated salt-marsh observation area after the work was done for a better view of the project. Oyster mats and bags may become a part of that shoreline restoration area in the future.

-Lisa D. MickeyYoung oyster toter'14.jpg