Oyster Bagging Record Broken…. AGAIN!Feb 24th, 2015 | Category: Indian River Lagoon News, MDC News, Oyster Restoration News, Seeking Volunteers, Shoreline Restoration News
This past Saturday morning at 9am eleven MDC volunteers joined staff and volunteers from Brevard Zoo to bag up piles of oyster shells collected from over a dozen local seafood restaurants.
The volunteers moved over 15,000 pounds of shells in a three hour period and created 530 oyster bags, 400 of which will be used by Brevard Zoo in their oyster gardening and oyster restoration projects.
130 bags will be kept at the Marine Discovery Center and will be used to restore Garver Island with University of Central Florida later in the spring.
Oysters are essential to the health of the Indian River Lagoon ecosystem due to their ability to filter water, with one oyster being able to filter 50 gallons per day. They’re also a very tasty delicacy loved by many people. The Shuck and Share program at the Marine Discovery Center aims to keep oyster shells out of land fills, and recycle them back into the environment to create ideal habitats for baby oysters called “spat” to grow on. The Shuck and Share program gathers shells twice a week from participating local restaurants and uses that shell to create oyster mats and bags for organizations around Central Florida.
For more information about Shuck and Share, or to volunteer with our restoration efforts contact Jessy, at Jessy@marinediscoverycenter.org.