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Making Oyster Bags To Restore A Historic Home

Apr 9th, 2015 | Category: MDC News, Oyster Restoration News, Shoreline Restoration News

IMG_20150404_104441966On the first Saturday of the month 15 volunteers gathered to shovel, rake, and pour oyster shells into mesh bags. The group worked hard in the warm Florida sun and created 307 oyster bags that were transported directly to the Field Manor House on Merritt Island.

The oyster shells came from 14 local restaurants who participate in the Shuck and Share program at the Marine Discovery Center. Instead of throwing the shell into landfills, the restaurants opt to recycle the shells back into the ecosystem to help reestablish oyster beds. We thank them for their contributions!

The oyster bags will be deployed on the shoreline in front of the Field Manor House to help protect the shoreline from erosion and protect the home for years to come.


The home sits on a lush 45 acre lot with a gorgeous waterfront view and trees abundant with fruit. The land was homesteaded in the late 1800’s by the Field family and has been passed down for generations. The last of the family had recently passed away and left the house to the Historic society who is fixing it up and intends to create an educational museum complete with a living shoreline exhibit.

IMG_20150407_110920850For information on this upcoming and future deployment dates please contact Annie (annie@marinediscoverycenter.org). For questions or information on the Shuck and Share program or how to get involved please contact Jessy (jessy@marinediscoverycenter.org).