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Oyster Mat Madness!

Mar 10th, 2015 | Category: Blogs, Indian River Lagoon News, MDC News, Oyster Restoration News, Seeking Volunteers, Shoreline Restoration News

IMG_20150306_084921513Last week our oyster restoration team visited University High School to work with students from freshman to junior years. The classes made an average of 15 mats in one hour for a total of 64 mats by the end of the morning. The students learned about MDC’s restoration efforts in the Indian River Lagoon, the importance of oysters, as well as how to become involved with the Shuck and Share program.


photo 3On Saturday morning volunteers braved the cold and wet conditions the meet from 9-12 for an oyster mat making session that was, thankfully, held in the lab. The volunteers made 74 mats over the course of the morning. After those mats are deployed and populated with oysters they will have the ability to filter almost 350,000 gallons of water in one day! That’s the amount of water a single person use in 10 years. Wow!

Our next oyster event will be April 4th. We will be bagging oysters in the back lot. Contact Jessy at jessy@marinediscoverycenter.org for more information or with questions. photo 2