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Oyster Shell Bagging in June

Jun 2nd, 2014 | Category: Blogs, MDC News, Oyster Restoration News, Shoreline Restoration News

P1050664The Marine Discovery Center needs your help this month to bag up some of our recycled oyster shells for upcoming restoration projects! With the support of our friends at WastePro USA and 10 participating seafood restaurants, the oyster shells have been rolling in. We have collected over 20,000 lbs of shell so far this year, and now it’s time to turn some of that restaurant ‘trash’ into ecological treasure.

Come out this Saturday, June 7th between 9am and 1pm to help put shell material into mesh bags for shoreline restoration. The oyster bags will help prevent erosion and rebuild the beaches, as well as provide habitat for numerous species that live on and between the shells. In just a matter of months, these oyster bags will be a living reef!

Be sure to wear something you don’t mind getting a little dirty, including sturdy shoes. Bring plenty of water. All other equipment will be provided. The bags made this month will be placed at Seminole Rest in Canaveral National Seashore in July.

If you can’t make it this Saturday, there will be another bag-making event on June 21st from 9am to 1pm. For any questions about upcoming shell bagging events or the oyster recycling project, please contact Annie@marinediscoverycenter.org or call 386-428-4828.