Shuck and Share volunteers break an MDC bagging recordJan 5th, 2016 | Category: Indian River Lagoon News, MDC News, Oyster Restoration News, Seeking Volunteers, Shoreline Restoration News
Last month, new and seasoned Marine Discovery Center volunteers gathered to create oyster bags that will be used in shoreline restoration around the state with Brevard Zoo, Univeristy of Central Florida, and St. John’s Water Management District.
the volunteers, made up of MDC restoration volunteers, as well as students and families looking for a rewarding holiday activity, spent two and a half hours of their Saturday morning moving and bagging 15,750lbs of recycled shell to create 3′ long oyster bags.
The shell comes from a group of restaurants who participate in the Shuck and Share Oyster Recycling Program. Since the program’s start in 2013, restaurants, private donors, and festivals have contributed over 180,000 pounds of shell to the Marine Discovery Center.
Off The Hook, a NSB locals’ favorite, has recycled 10% of the overall total shell and frequently donates more than 1,000 pounds of shell a week. Other restaurants such as Oyster Pub in Daytona, and Boondocks in Port Orange donate mass amounts of shell to the Shuck and Share project. Without dedicated restaurants, we would not be able to accomplish shoreline restoration in the Indian River Lagoon.
The oyster bags will be used to restore eroded shoreline along the banks of the Indian River Lagoon. the bags act as buffers to incoming waves and boat wakes, helping to accumulate any loose sediment and prevent it from moving away from the shore. The bags are also great “hot spots” for oysters to settle, creating a dense oyster bed that provides food and shelter for hundreds of lagoon species as well as erosion control.
If you would like to help out with oyster bagging or any restoration events please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. While it is encouraged, you do not have to be a Marine Discovery Center volunteer to participate in the majority of these events.
Bagging events will be held every first saturday of the month. January’s bagging day has been moved to 1/9/15 to account for the holiday weekend.