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Shuck and Share passes 3 ton mark

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

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This week, the Shuck and Share oyster recycling project hit a milestone. After this week’s pickup, we have collected over 6,000 pounds of shell!! Together with restaurants, seafood festivals, and private donations, we have kept over 3 tons of material out of the landfill.

Come help us put this shell to good use on Saturday, April 5th by creating oyster mats and oyster bags. These materials will be used to restore shorelines in the area, and rebuild oyster reefs. No experience necessary, our oyster staff will show you everything you need to know. We’ll be out in the back parking lot of MDC from 9am – 1pm, so come lend a hand for the Indian River Lagoon.


Most recently, volunteers from MDC and our local Volusia/Flagler Surfrider Chapter utilized some of the recycled shell material in an Ocean Friendly Garden at the front entrance to MDC and the Artists’ Workshop. Agave, bromeliads, coquina rock and more now grace the front entrance, and require no additional water or fertilizer to maintain. The recycled oyster shells act as mulch to protect the plants and retain water in the soil. Not only do we save on maintenance costs, but we are preventing unnecessary fertilizer pollutants from entering our beautiful waters. 

We couldn’t do this without all our volunteers, participating restaurants, and other partners who are committed to recycling these natural materials back into the environment. Great work so far, everyone!