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Oyster Bag Bonanza

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

IMG_20140607_113723569 Our volunteers CONTINUE TO AMAZE us! This past Saturday, 15 volunteers showed up to bag oyster shells at the Marine Discovery Center, obviously having eaten their Wheaties in preparation. The hard-working crew made a total of 233 oyster bags in just 2 and a half hours! No, that is not a typo.

IMG_20140607_105123789Shovels were scraping, bags were stretching, and muscles were flexing as pile after pile of loose shells became neat stacks of oyster bags awaiting deployment into the Indian River Lagoon. Almost 7,000 lbs of oyster shells were bagged in one morning, and will be used to stabilize local shorelines. Many of the bags will be deployed in Canaveral National Seashore in July.

IMG_20140607_105205274Normally all of the shell material would be sent to the landfill from local restaurants, but due to the hard work of many volunteers, restaurant managers, and WastePro employees, the recycled oyster shells will now provide important habitat for dozens of species in the lagoon and help rebuild eroding shorelines.

If you missed out on the fun, the next oyster bagging event will be June 21st starting at 9am. For more information about the Marine Discovery Center’s efforts to recycle oyster shells, please call 386-428-4828 or e-mail Annie@marinediscoverycenter.org.