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Oyster Shell Bagging This Saturday

Dec 1st, 2014 | Category: MDC News

IMG_20140607_105139640Oyster season is in full swing, and the shells are rolling in for the Shuck and Share oyster recycling project. We need your help to create oyster bags for shoreline restoration using recycled shell material! Come to MDC this Saturday, December 6th at 9am to bag oyster shell for use in our restoration projects.

Eleven area restaurants are saving their shucked shells from going to the landfill, and sending them to the Marine Discovery Center instead to be used as restoration material in local waters. Volunteers in the community have been busy creating oyster mats and oyster bags using the recycled shells.Lots o' shells.jpg

So far in 2014, volunteers have made 954 oyster bags, each of which weighs close to 30 pounds. All of these bags have been placed back into the Indian River Lagoon to form the foundation of new oyster beds in the area. The new reefs will provide habitat, reduce erosion, and improve water quality and clarity.

Bagging oyster shell is physical, rewarding work. Bring your friends and family to lend a hand for a great cause. Please come prepared with sturdy, closed-toe shoes, clothes you don’t mind getting dirty, and a good attitude. Contact Annie@marinediscoverycenter.org with questions about the Shuck and Share oyster recycling project.   2010-12-31 23.00.00-145