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New Record for Oyster Bags

Dec 22nd, 2014 | Category: Blogs, MDC News, Oyster Restoration News, Shoreline Restoration News

photo 2Twenty three volunteers gathered by the back parking lot last Saturday to participate in the the last oyster bagging event for 2014. Over the course of three hours, volunteers and MDC staff bagged 381 bags of oysters, beating our previous record by 38 bags! In total we moved and bagged almost 11,500 lbs of oyster shells in one day!

In all of 2014, volunteers and staff created 1,603 oyster bags through the Shuck and Share oyster recycling project. Most of these bags of oyster shells have already been placed in the Indian River Lagoon to help rebuild shorelines that have been damaged or eroded. All of this is made possible with the dedication of participating seafood restaurants and the assistance of WastePro, which transports many of the shells to the Marine Discovery Center to be recycled.

These oyster bags will be deployed in the spring to areas in need of restoration. Oyster bags are excellent for accumulating sediment and building up an eroded area. They also naturally recruit baby oysters, known as “spat”, and can help to rebuild oyster beds.

Bagging and mat-making events are held every first and third Saturday of the month, from 9am-12pm. Contact Jessy@marinediscoverycenter.org for information on deployment dates and other oyster events.