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Goal exceeded for oyster bags

Jun 23rd, 2014 | Category: Blogs, MDC News, Oyster Restoration News, Shoreline Restoration News

What a great team!! 218 oyster bags completed.

We did it! Our goal was to produce 400 oyster bags this summer through the Shuck and Share oyster recycling project, and after last Saturday’s shell bagging event we have completed 561 bags! The bags will help rebuild shorelines in the Indian River Lagoon by stabilizing sediment and providing habitat for reef-building organisms.


Volunteer Frank bags oyster shells to rebuild damaged shorelines.

A handful of hard-working volunteers spent Saturday morning assembling 218 new bags to add to our growing pile of restoration supplies. The crew sweated and shoveled their way through almost 6,000 lbs of shell, including 2,600 lbs from the 5th Annual Halifax Oyster Festival, held in April. The Festival celebrates its namesake through food, music, activities and plenty of oysters on the half-shell.

Just because we have exceeded our minimum goal doesn’t mean we are stopping! As long as the shells keep coming in, we will continue to make mats and bags for reef restoration. In addition to our projects, the materials are available for restoration efforts by partner organizations in Volusia and neighboring counties.


Mark manned the shovel, filling over 200 buckets in a few hours.

A huge THANK YOU for those who came out Saturday to bag shells – what an accomplishment! If you missed it, don’t worry, there is plenty more fun planned this summer. Come join us on July 5th from 9am – 1pm to make oyster mats using recycled shells. No experience necessary, and what better way to show your patriotism than by volunteering for a few hours to make a difference in your community!

For more information about the Shuck and Share oyster recycling project, call the Marine Discovery Center at 386-428-4828.