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Oyster Mat Workshop

Dec 30th, 2014 | Category: Blogs, MDC News, Oyster Restoration News, Shoreline Restoration News

IMG_20141115_101135946Resolving to get more involved in your community this year? At the Marine Discovery Center, there are many ways to help the environment, meet like-minded people, and make this an even more beautiful place to live and play.

This Saturday, January 3rd, you’re invited to make oyster mats through the Shuck and Share oyster recycling project. These mats, constructed using recycled oyster shells from local seafood restaurants, form the foundation for new oyster reefs in the area. Baby oysters, called spat, float in the water for the first few weeks of their lives searching for a permanent place to call home. These recycled shells provide the right habitat, and within a few weeks of being secured along the shoreline, the mats will be home to many young spat. Within a short time, the new oyster bed will serve as important habitat for many different species while preventing erosion along the shoreline. IMG_20141115_100919399

Oysters serve as nature’s water filter, removing pollutants and suspended sediment from the water column. Healthy oyster beds result in clearer, cleaner water.

We’ll supply the materials and instructions for making oyster mats. This event is free and open to the public, and will be held at the Marine Discovery Center from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. No RSVP required. Contact annie@marinediscoverycenter.org or call 386-428-4828 for more information about the oyster recycling project. Start the new year off by creating positive change in your own backyard – the Indian River Lagoon!