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Gearing up for Oyster Restoration

Jul 18th, 2014 | Category: Blogs, MDC News, Oyster Restoration News, Shoreline Restoration News

MDC volunteers and staff with oyster bags ready for deployment in the lagoon.


Volunteers Will and Kathy load up the truck and trailer with bags made from recycled oyster shell.

A handful of MDC volunteers and staff soaked up the (very!) warm summer sun as they staged oyster bags for upcoming shoreline restoration projects. In just a few hours, the team loaded and transported 250 oyster bags that will be deployed in Canaveral National Seashore to rebuild damaged reefs.

The bags, created by volunteers and staff at MDC using recycled oyster shells from 10 local seafood restaurants, weigh between 25 and 30 pounds each. When stacked  in shallow water like sandbags, the oyster bags can build up eroded areas and protect from further damage. The hard, complex surface of the oyster shells allow for many creatures to grow and hide, and is especially attractive to larval oysters looking for a place to establish.

Next week, the bags will complete their journey by boat to the restoration site, where MDC volunteers and staff will deploy the bags alongside a restoration team from the University of Central Florida. Man-power and materials from our Shuck and Share oyster recycling project are enabling additional reefs to be restored within CNS than were originally planned.


Volunteer Gail shows her love for the lagoon through shoreline restoration.

As the hard-working team stacked bag after bag, gorgeous views of the lagoon proved a welcome reminder of why we do what we do! Stay tuned for updates as the restoration work progresses. For more information, or to get involved in oyster reef and shoreline restoration, call 386-428-4828 or e-mail Annie@marinediscoverycenter.org. See you on the water!