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Community Turns out for TV

Apr 21st, 2014 | Category: Blogs, MDC News, Oyster Restoration News, Shoreline Restoration News

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The Shuck and Share volunteers made a strong statement on Saturday when over 31 people came out to show their support for the oyster recycling project at the open mat-making event. Longtime locals sat next to visitors from Alaska, Vermont, Canada, and more. Participants young and old swapped stories and laughs as they assembled a total of 93 new oyster mats to help rebuild local reefs. This has been our most productive mat-making event yet!

Throughout the day, a producer from WUCF TV was getting footage for the television show “One” which features projects around Central Florida. After filming a deployment of oyster mats in Canaveral National Seashore, our recycling efforts will be aired on PBS. There were so many big smiles, interviews, and even a special oyster song for the camera!

This project is only possible with the help of our fabulous volunteers, who spent over 70 total hours on Saturday working toward a healthier Indian River Lagoon. We had a great mix of experienced volunteers along with new visitors to MDC. We really appreciate our volunteers who keep coming back time after time to contribute to the success of this project. It means a lot to have your continued support!

Want to get involved? The next open oyster mat event will be on May 3, from 9am – 1pm at the Marine Discovery Center. Come when you can, and bring your family and friends – no experience necessary! Contact Annie@marinediscoverycenter.org or call 386-428-4828 for more details about the Shuck and Share oyster recycling project.

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