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MDC helps restore shoreline at Eldora

May 20th, 2014 | Category: Blogs, MDC News, Oyster Restoration News, Shoreline Restoration News

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Marine Discovery Center volunteers and staff helped shoreline restoration experts from the University of Central Florida stabilize an area near Eldora State House in Canaveral National Seashore. A group of 75 volunteers, led by Dr. Linda Walters of UCF, planted young mangroves, Spartina marsh grass, and secured oyster mats to create a new living shoreline in the park on Saturday.

This truly was a team effort, as evidenced by different groups present at the event. There were students from University High School, who had constructed many of the oyster mats with guidance from MDC staff during classroom mat-making sessions. The 25 high school students helped with all aspects of the shoreline restoration on Saturday, and even manned the touch-tanks for younger visitors to learn about different creatures in the lagoon.

P1050853A group of 2nd graders also came to lend small hands. These students had grown mangroves for shoreline restoration at their school, after a workshop led by Dr. Walters. Their enthusiasm added to the positive energy of the event.

A producer from WUCF TV, a PBS station in Orlando, was there with his camera to collect footage of oyster recycling and restoration. Previously, he filmed an oyster pickup and volunteers making mats at the Marine Discovery Center for a television episode that will feature the Shuck and Share oyster recycling project. The shoreline restoration event on Saturday completed the shell recycling process, and Dr. Walters, several volunteers, and MDC’s Annie Morgan were all interviewed to complete the footage.P1050874

Let’s not forget the hard-working crew from MDC that showed up to haul oyster mats, heft concrete donuts, and heave Spartina plants. The MDC volunteers and staff played a key role in preparing materials for deployment, laying mats along several sections of the shoreline, and securing the new reefs in place.

In total, 75 volunteers deployed 150 Spartina plants, 165 mangroves and 775 oyster mats in just 4 hours. What an accomplishment! MDC was delighted to be part of this restoration event, and we look forward to more rewarding days of hard work to ensure a healthy future for our beautiful lagoon.

Our next restoration event is June 30th at Canaveral National Seashore. Contact annie@marinediscoverycenter.org or call 386-428-4828 for more details.

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