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Shellfish Motives in Grant

Mar 3rd, 2014 | Category: Blogs, MDC News, Oyster Restoration News, Shoreline Restoration News

Our trip down to the Grant Seafood Festival on Sunday, March 2 was a great success.

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The festival in Grant, Florida, 48 years strong, attracts about 50,000 hungry seafood lovers each year. The two day event is entirely run by volunteers. From just one day of the festival, the MDC received almost 1200 pounds of oyster shells to use for the Shuck and Share oyster recycling project!

The Brevard Zoo oyster restoration group spent all of Saturday at the oyster station, clearing away shucked shells and telling attendees about oyster recycling. On Sunday, MDC volunteers and staff showed up as reinforcements. As folks enjoyed fresh oysters, we told them about MDC’s recycling efforts, and asked that they toss their shells into special buckets. Our volunteers transported and loaded the shells to be taken back to MDC. We stayed until they ran out of oysters, soaking up the sun and sights at the busy festival.

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We couldn’t have done it without help from our friends at Brevard Zoo, the use of a truck from Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, the cooperative shuckers, and the strong backs of several MDC volunteers!

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