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Shoreline Restored in National Seashore

Mar 25th, 2015 | Category: Blogs, MDC News, Oyster Restoration News, Shoreline Restoration News

IMG_20150322_103230385_HDROn Sunday, a group of students, researchers, staff and volunteers from the Marine Discovery Center and University of Central Florida gathered in the morning fog, ready for a day of hard work. Focused on an island in Canaveral National Seashore, the day’s restoration effort required hundreds of oyster bags and young mangrove trees to stabilize a severely eroding shoreline. IMG_20150322_093845938

A caravan of boats carted tools, plants, oyster bags, and people back and forth across the water as the fog burned off. A total of 885 oyster bags made from recycled oyster shells and 165 young mangroves were placed along the shoreline to prevent further erosion and help the beach to rebuild. The team worked tirelessly to get all the oyster bags in place to reduce wave action on the shoreline,and plant a row of mangroves behind the bags to further stabilize the sediment.

In total, the oyster restoration team at UCF, led by Dr. Linda Walters, has restored nearly 70 sites within Canaveral National Seashore with help from the Marine Discovery Center and Brevard Zoo. Nearly half of the oyster bags deployed on Sunday were made by MDC’s Shuck and Share volunteers using shells recycled from local seafood restaurants.

IMG_20150322_093839466_HDRThe Shuck and Share project has recycled nearly 110,000 lbs of oyster shell since January 2014 from restaurants and local citizens. Using this material, volunteers have constructed 2,133 oyster bags through the project, all of which have been returned to the Indian River Lagoon to help restore local oyster beds.

Join us to make oyster bags for our next restoration event on April 4 from 9 am – 12 pm at the Marine Discovery Center. Wear close-toed shoes and clothes you don’t mind getting dirty, and come prepared for a morning of teamwork and outdoor physical activity.

For more information about the Shuck and Share Oyster Recycling Project or to learn about our upcoming events, call 386-428-4828.   IMG_20150322_120353401