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New Volunteers Make Oyster Mats

Jul 10th, 2014 | Category: Blogs, MDC News, Oyster Restoration News, Shoreline Restoration News

5July_Mats3Fifteen volunteers from around Central Florida showed up for an open mat-making session on July 5, at the Marine Discovery Center. Volunteers from The Villages, Oviedo, Oak Hill and from around New Smyrna Beach spent the morning drilling oyster shells and making oyster mats to be used for deployment into the Indian River Lagoon.5July_Mats2

The volunteers, some of whom were making oyster mats for the first time, constructed 51 mats during the Saturday session. Many of the participants had just completed our recent volunteer orientation and were excited to get involved in the Marine Discovery Center’s mission.

It was fun to meet new people in the community, as well as see some familiar faces working hard to restore Florida’s natural ecosystem. The next opportunity to make oyster mats at the Marine Discovery Center will be July 19th from 9am – 1pm. No experience necessary.

Don’t forget to stop by our Open House this Saturday from 12pm – 3pm. Try your hand at kayaking, fly fishing, archery, and more. Visit with some birds of prey, and of course our beautiful Mermaid Traci! The Open House is free and fun for all ages. See you there!5July_Mats