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National Oyster Day!

Aug 5th, 2015 | Category: Blogs, Indian River Lagoon News, Oyster Restoration News, Shoreline Restoration News

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Happy National Oyster Day everybody!

We are very excited to be celebrating National Oyster Day here at the Marine Discovery Center, but let’s be honest…. every day is Oyster Day around here!

The Shuck and Share program has been very busy this summer recycling oyster shells, creating restoration materials, and deploying oyster mats and oyster bags into the Indian River Lagoon to aid in erosion control and shoreline restoration. 

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To date we’ve recycled a whopping 151,000 lbs of oyster from many local restaurants! We wouldn’t be able to help the environment as much as we do without these participating restaurants and patrons like you who love oysters as much as we do!

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Every week we get in thousands of pounds of shell, and monthly we turn those shells into oyster bags. Since the beginning of the year our volunteers have created over 2,250 mesh oyster bags. Of the bags we’ve created almost 2,000 have already found a home in the Indian River Lagoon. These bags are vital in controlling erosion due to boat wakes, accumulating sediment to stabilize weak shorelines, and providing habitat for oyster spat and many other species of plants and animals.  

Seminole Rest fire line'14Our volunteers have spent countless hours helping with our deployments as well as deployments with Brevard Zoo and University of Central Florida. Long and wet days spent planting juvenile mangroves, placing heavy oyster bags, raking dead margins of oyster shells, and laying oyster mats leads to a beautiful and lush stabilized shoreline only months after we’ve been there. Most recently we worked tirelessly to re-stabilize the north west side of Turtle Mound in Canaveral National Seashore, as well as many significant oyster reefs within the park property. 

Eat More Oysters! Tonight when you dine, order a dozen at one of our participating restaurants and kick back knowing you’re doing something to better the world.

Recycle & Give Back! Hosting a personal oyster roast? Feel free to drop off your oyster shells at the MDC! Or give us a call and we’ll come and haul them away for you.

Protect What You Love! The first step to a better tomorrow starts with you! Visit us at the MDC and walk up Mount Morgan, the second tallest point in New Smyrna. Come at sunset to view a spectacular array of colors overlooking our newly restored 5 acre marsh.

Support Your Community! Want to help out? Come volunteer! We’re always looking for passionate individuals.

Contact Jessy (jessy@marinediscoverycenter.org) for more information.

and remember…   

Explore Your Waters! 

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