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Halifax Oyster Festival Contributes Load of Shells

Apr 28th, 2014 | Category: Blogs, Coastal Corner, Oyster Restoration News, Shoreline Restoration News

P1050757Last weekend’s 5th annual Halifax Oyster & Music Festival in Daytona Beach truly was a weekend of saluting the oyster. The end result for all of those shucked, steamed, roasted and fried oysters was a sizable contribution to the Marine Discovery Center’s “Shuck and Share” Oyster Recycling Project.

With the help of program sponsor Waste Pro, all of the discarded oyster shells from the oysters consumed during the festival were collected in roller bins and delivered to the Marine Discovery Center after the event. More than 2,600 pounds of oyster shells were deposited at MDC for the program. The shells will be used to help restore local oyster beds.

P1050751Called “A Party With A Purpose,” festival goers not only got to contribute their oyster shells, but also had the opportunity to learn how their shells will be used to make oyster mats and bags in the “Shuck and Share” program.

Oyster mat-making and bag-making sessions will continue every first and third Saturday of each month at the Marine Discovery Center. The sessions are held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. No experience is needed and the public is welcome to attend.P1050760