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MDC Launches Oyster-Recycling Project In October

Sep 3rd, 2013 | Category: Announcements, Coastal Corner

Oyster Restoration Marine Discovery CenterThe Marine Discovery Center plans to resume restoration efforts of oyster habitats on the Indian River Lagoon (IRL) this fall.

Using proceeds generated by the 2013 Halifax Oyster Festival, as well as grant monies awarded by the St. John’s River Water Management District and the National Estuary Program, MDC will begin overseeing a new oyster-recycling project on October 1.

The plan hopes to restore Eastern Oyster habitats by recycling oyster shells collected from area businesses. The Halifax Oyster Festival also contributed all of the oyster shells discarded during the festival from oysters that were consumed during the event.

With volunteer labor, discarded oyster shells will be used to construct shell mats for artificial reefs. Embryonic oysters in the lagoon attach to the constructed reefs to create new colonies of oysters, thereby restoring shorelines that have lost habitation.

Oysters are known as “filter feeders” in the lagoon, filtering water through their gills, so more healthy oysters help produce cleaner water

Volunteers are needed to help with the new oyster-recycling project. Call the MDC at 386-428-4828 for details.

– Lisa D. Mickey