Oyster BrigadeApr 15th, 2014 | Category: Blogs, Oyster Restoration News, Seeking Volunteers, Shoreline Restoration News
The oyster shells are rolling in with the help of WastePro USA and a dedicated crew of volunteers. WastePro has committed to transporting shell from our three largest contributors using a truck newly outfitted with a lift gate. The Marine Discovery Center will pick up shells from the other seven participating restaurants. Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission has donated the use of a truck, and our team of staff and volunteers makes twice-weekly runs to our partner restaurants in the area.
All the shells are brought back to MDC to be naturally cleaned over a 90 day period. The sunshine and bugs (two abundant renewable resources in Florida) remove all living tissue from the shells so they are dry and clean before we handle them to make oyster mats or bags.
Are you interested in joining the team of oyster transport volunteers? We could use your help! Pickups are on Monday and Thursday; times are flexible. Please contact Annie@marinediscoverycenter.org for more details, or call the center at 386-428-4828.