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Oyster Restoration Hits The Busy Season

Jun 4th, 2015 | Category: Blogs, MDC News, Oyster Restoration News, Shoreline Restoration News

 

photo 1 Spring is in full swing here at the Marine Discovery Center and the Shuck and Share oyster program has been very busy collecting shell, holding events, and generally loving oyster restoration!

 

 

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In the middle of May a small but determined group got together to create oyster bags on a warm Saturday morning. One of the volunteers put on some great music and we got to work bagging over 200 oyster bags that will be deployed in Brevard county by the end of the season.

 

 

 

photo 4Oyster bags are a vital component to shoreline restoration. The 30lb mesh bags accumulate sediment to slow down erosion, and are an enticing area for free floating oyster larvae to attach and create a new oyster reef, further improving the ecosystem.

 

 

 


 

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On the last weekend in May restoration specialist Jessy Wayles went to the Lyonia Environmental Center to lead a presentation and open mat making session for our inland neighbors. In all the volunteers created 14 oyster mats and learned about our restoration efforts on the coast.

photo 2Oyster mats are ideal for gently sloping and shallow areas. The mats are placed together like a quilt and mimic the look of a real oyster bed. Baby oysters attach themselves to the mats and begin a new oyster reef, which in a couple of years, looks completely natural.

If you would like to join in on the fun of shoreline restoration contact Jessy@marinediscoverycenter.org. We will be making bags this weekend (6/6) from 9am-12pm in the back lot.