Help Build a Reef at MDCOct 20th, 2014 | Category: Blogs, MDC News, Oyster Restoration News, Shoreline Restoration News
Our beautiful new salt marsh is quickly becoming home to plants, fish, and birds, but it needs a little more help! Come help us place oyster bags and oyster mats along our ‘Living Shoreline Demonstration Area’, which will showcase alternatives to building a seawall.
Many of you have assisted with creating oyster mats and bags using recycled shell material – now is your chance to return those shells to the water as important reef habitat! The Living Shoreline area will educate visitors and residents about how oysters, vegetation, and coquina rock can create a shoreline that is both beautiful and ecologically valuable. We will also be stabilizing sections of the perimeter using oyster bags.
At the Marine Discovery Center on Friday, October 24th from 9am – 1pm, MDC volunteers and staff will work with Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission to add oyster mats and oyster bags to the marsh.
Please wear sturdy close-toed shoes (old sneakers are great!), bring plenty of water, and get ready for a fun and rewarding day of working outdoors in the salt marsh.