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Mat-Making Mania!

Jan 27th, 2014 | Category: Blogs, Oyster Restoration News, Shoreline Restoration News


About 30 volunteers showed up on Saturday, January 18th to our first open mat-making event. The cold weather kept us inside for the day, but didn’t slow down productivity. In all, participants created an incredible 80 oyster mats to help restore shorelines in the area!


While constructing mats, volunteers met new friends and learned about the importance of oysters in the estuarine environment. Several participants took turns drilling holes in oyster shells, a necessary step in order for each shell to be attached to the plastic mesh mat.

The finished mats, with 36 oysters attached to each, form the foundation for new oyster reefs 

For your next chance to assist with this exciting community project, come check out our open house on February 1st. We’ll be making mats all day and there will be plenty of other free activities going on, including kayak clinics, archery, arts and crafts, and more! in the area. The mats provide a place for oyster larvae to settle and grow into healthy oyster beds that contribute to a cleaner, more productive ecosystem.