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NSB High School Lends a Helping Hand

Oct 9th, 2014 | Category: Blogs, MDC News, Oyster Restoration News, Shoreline Restoration News

IMG_20141002_111254959Students involved in the upper-level Aquaculture class at New Smyrna Beach High School visit the Marine Discovery Center twice a week to learn about aquaria, maintain our living exhibits, and get involved with various ecological projects.  Last Thursday, the students created oyster mats for the Shuck and Share oyster recycling project.IMG_20141002_110350856_HDR

The twelve students learned about the importance of oyster beds in the Indian River Lagoon, threats facing oysters, and how MDC and our project partners help restore local oyster reef using recycled shell material. They constructed 17 oyster mats, which will be placed in the lagoon as new substrate for oysters and other fauna to grow into a living reef. The restored oyster reefs and ‘Living Shorelines’ created through the program will help stabilize shorelines against erosion, filter water, and provide habitat for dozens of creatures.

The high school students also helped prepare mat-making materials for future volunteer events. MDC hosts open oyster sessions for the general public on the 1st and 3rd Saturday of the month from 9am – 1pm. Come be part of the solution by making oyster mats or oyster bags using shell from local seafood restaurants to help restore our beautiful Indian River Lagoon. Call 386-428-4828 for more details on upcoming oyster activities or to help sponsor the project.

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