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Last oyster bagging event was a success!

Dec 9th, 2014 | Category: Blogs, MDC News, Oyster Restoration News, Shoreline Restoration News

IMG_20141206_091059386_HDRLast Saturday 12 dedicated volunteers met in the lower parking lot of the Marine Discovery Center to shovel oysters into mesh bags to create oyster bags that will later be placed in the marsh to restore oyster beds. The weather could not have been better as volunteers and staff members worked as a team to shovel oysters into 5 gallon buckets, and empty those buckets into tubes covered in a mesh stocking.IMG_20141206_092052660_HDR

Everyone worked enthusiastically and after 3 fun hours we produced a whopping 268 bags! That’s over 22 bags per person, and bring our total bags produced this year to 1,222! To date we’ve used over 6,000lbs of recycled oyster shells to make oyster bags and 964 bags have already been deployed to restore marsh areas.IMG_20141206_091528332_HDR

Oyster bags are preferred over oyster mats in areas of deeper water and higher erosion. It’s thought that the oyster bags can build up an area and prevent it from erosion, as they are heavier than oyster mats and less likely to get washed away by high waves and boat wakes.

If you would like to help with our restoration efforts we’re always looking for smiling, hard working volunteers! Come out to our next bagging event Dec 20, from 9am-1pm or contact Jessy@marinediscoverycenter.org for volunteer opportunities.