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Shuck and Share volunteers do it AGAIN!

Jan 9th, 2016 | Category: Blogs, Indian River Lagoon News, MDC News, Oyster Restoration News, Seeking Volunteers, Shoreline Restoration News

 IMG_3441 Despite a gloomy and very foggy Saturday morning, volunteers gathered in the back oyster lot to spend their morning making oyster bags for Brevard Zoo out of oyster shells recycled from local restaurants. 

New and old volunteers gathered to shovel, lift, and dump oyster shells into 1 meter long mesh bags that will be used by Brevard Zoo in their restoration projects. 

The volunteers worked hard to create the 500 bags necessary for Brevard Zoo’s project, but when they heard they were close to beating the record they insisted on moving to the next pile to create more bags. 

Hailey, a new volunteer for Marine Discovery Center, kept count of the bags and excitedly exclaimed every time we hit a new milestone. When she told us we were only 6 bags away from beating the previous record the volunteers powered through and created a whopping 531 oyster bags. IMG_3443

Each bag, weighing about 30lbs, will be used to stabilize eroding shorelines in Brevard County. Oyster bags act as a buffer between incoming boat wakes and the fragile shoreline. Any sand that would be washed out into the middle of the channel is captured in the nooks and crannies of the oyster bag. 

In addition to shoreline stabilization, the bags act as a great base to many of the IRL’s flora and fauna. The recycled shells attract baby oysters to settle, and the holes within the bags provide shelter to smaller species. Even mangroves can grow within the crevices of the oyster bag, yielding a new mangrove forest in a few years.

If you would like to help out with restoration contact Jessy (Jessy@marinediscoverycenter.org). Open oyster bagging days are held every first saturday of the month from 9am-12pm in the back oyster lot.