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Shuck & Share Recycles Oysters from the Port Canaveral Seafood Fest

Mar 1st, 2016 | Category: Blogs, Indian River Lagoon News, Oyster Restoration News, Seeking Volunteers, Shoreline Restoration News
Shuck & Share Recycles Oysters from the Port Canaveral Seafood Fest

                                  This past weekend, Marine Discovery Center staff and volunteers partnered with Rusty’s Seafood and Oyster Bar at the Port Canaveral Seafood and Music Fest to recycle oyster shell and bring information about shoreline restoration to festival patrons.  The festival….

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Shuck and Share volunteers do it AGAIN!

Jan 9th, 2016 | Category: Blogs, Indian River Lagoon News, MDC News, Oyster Restoration News, Seeking Volunteers, Shoreline Restoration News
Shuck and Share volunteers do it AGAIN!

  Despite a gloomy and very foggy Saturday morning, volunteers gathered in the back oyster lot to spend their morning making oyster bags for Brevard Zoo out of oyster shells recycled from local restaurants.  New and old volunteers gathered to shovel, lift, and dump oyster shells into 1 meter long mesh bags that will be….

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Shuck and Share volunteers break an MDC bagging record

Jan 5th, 2016 | Category: Indian River Lagoon News, MDC News, Oyster Restoration News, Seeking Volunteers, Shoreline Restoration News
Shuck and Share volunteers break an MDC bagging record

Last month, new and seasoned Marine Discovery Center volunteers gathered to create oyster bags that will be used in shoreline restoration around the state with Brevard Zoo, Univeristy of Central Florida, and St. John’s Water Management District.       the volunteers, made up of MDC restoration volunteers, as well as students and families looking….

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National Oyster Day!

Aug 5th, 2015 | Category: Blogs, Indian River Lagoon News, Oyster Restoration News, Shoreline Restoration News
National Oyster Day!

Happy National Oyster Day everybody! We are very excited to be celebrating National Oyster Day here at the Marine Discovery Center, but let’s be honest…. every day is Oyster Day around here! The Shuck and Share program has been very busy this summer recycling oyster shells, creating restoration materials, and deploying oyster mats and oyster….

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Tagging horseshoe crabs in the IRL

May 4th, 2015 | Category: Blogs, Indian River Lagoon News, MDC News, Shoreline Restoration News
Tagging horseshoe crabs in the IRL

Since mid-March, volunteers and staff from the Marine Discovery Center have been patrolling the shorelines of the northern Indian River Lagoon in search of nesting horseshoe crabs. We have canvassed several sites in Volusia County to glean more about these living fossils and how they utilize the area.  Surveys are scheduled around full and new moons,….

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Oyster Mat Madness!

Mar 10th, 2015 | Category: Blogs, Indian River Lagoon News, MDC News, Oyster Restoration News, Seeking Volunteers, Shoreline Restoration News
Oyster Mat Madness!

Last week our oyster restoration team visited University High School to work with students from freshman to junior years. The classes made an average of 15 mats in one hour for a total of 64 mats by the end of the morning. The students learned about MDC’s restoration efforts in the Indian River Lagoon, the….

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Oyster Bagging Record Broken…. AGAIN!

Feb 24th, 2015 | Category: Indian River Lagoon News, MDC News, Oyster Restoration News, Seeking Volunteers, Shoreline Restoration News
Oyster Bagging Record Broken.... AGAIN!

This past Saturday morning at 9am eleven MDC volunteers joined staff and volunteers from Brevard Zoo to bag up piles of oyster shells collected from over a dozen local seafood restaurants. The volunteers moved over 15,000 pounds of shells in a three hour period and created 530 oyster bags, 400 of which will be used….

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Ribbon Cutting Ceremony at MDC

Nov 13th, 2014 | Category: Announcements, Indian River Lagoon News, MDC News, Shoreline Restoration News
Ribbon Cutting Ceremony at MDC

On behalf of the Mosquito Lagoon Marine Enhancement Center, MDC would like to cordially invite each of you to the upcoming ribbon cutting ceremony for the grand opening of the new salt marsh plant nursery, kayak launch, and shoreline education area. We’re excited to showcase the Mosquito Lagoon Marine Enhancement Center’s next big step in….

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Clean Up Across the Lagoon

Nov 10th, 2014 | Category: Indian River Lagoon News, MDC News
Clean Up Across the Lagoon

Sunday Nov 16th 10am-12pm at various sites. The last of 4 dates this year, we’ll be conducting a Cleanup Across the Lagoon with our local Volusia/Flagler Chapter of Surfrider. The information we gather from these repeated efforts will help us identify and address trash problems in our area. In August, we collected over 350 pounds of trash and recycling….

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Volunteers Continue Planting In Restored Salt Marsh

Sep 25th, 2014 | Category: Blogs, Indian River Lagoon News, MDC News
Volunteers Continue Planting In Restored Salt Marsh

Volunteers were greeted early by some special visitors to the restored salt marsh at The Mosquito Lagoon Marine Enhancement Center on Saturday, Sept. 20. Eight reddish egrets, along with an assortment of snowy egrets, great egrets, a great blue heron, ibis and various wading water fowl plied the waters of the newly restored marsh in….

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