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Chilly Mat Making Workshop Turns Into A Beautiful Day!

Jan 22nd, 2015 | Category: Blogs, MDC News, Oyster Restoration News, Shoreline Restoration News

photo 3 On Saturday morning 23 volunteers gathered in the chilly morning weather under the pavilion and worked together to create 89 oyster mats. The day warmed up as volunteers threaded drilled oyster shells onto plastic mats using zip ties.

The mats will later be deployed in the Indian River Lagoon to help restore oyster beds. The mats, with their 36 oyster shells sticking up, will entice baby oysters called spat to land and settle, creating a new oyster bed.

Mat and bag making dates are available on the Marine Discovery Center  calendar. February 7th’s mat making workshop has been cancelled, but join us and Brevard Zoo on February 21 to create oyster bags!  Contact jessy@marinediscoverycenter.org for more information.photo 4