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Oyster bagging rockstars on Labor Day weekend!

Sep 5th, 2015 | Category: Oyster Restoration News

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How are you spending your Labor Day Weekend? Sprawled out on the beach with your friends, family, and a cold beverage?

This morning a handful of dedicated volunteers kicked off their labor day weekend by creating 259 oyster bags that will later be deployed into our marsh to aid in oyster restoration.

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Oysters are a vital species in our ecosystem. They provide habitat for a multitude of different flora and fauna, and help to stabilize our shoreline. Oysters are in decline due to over harvesting and environmental concerns. By recycling oyster shells from local restaurants we are able to create new oyster beds for floating oyster larvae (called spat) to attach and create a flourishing oyster bed!

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Bummed you missed out on today’s adventure? We bag oysters on the first Saturday   of every month and would love to have you join us! Email jessy@marinediscoverycenter.org for more information.

 

Happy shuckin’!