Successful Shell Bagging EventSep 10th, 2014 | Category: Blogs, MDC News, Oyster Restoration News, Shoreline Restoration News
On September 4th, ten volunteers gathered to bag oyster shells for the Shuck and Share oyster recycling project. Starting early to beat the heat, the team prepared and filled 232 bags full of recycled shell to help stabilize the shoreline along the MDC site. As the salt marsh restoration progresses, large pieces of old concrete are being from the shoreline of the state-owned property where MDC is located. The oyster bags will be placed in those areas to help reduce erosion once the concrete is removed. and create a living shoreline.
Nearby healthy oyster beds will produce spat, or baby oysters, that can settle on the bags of shell and grow into new oyster reefs. These new reefs will increase the habitat available for fish and invertebrates while keeping the shoreline in place.
Many of the 954 total bags created this year through Shuck and Share have already found a new home in the Indian River Lagoon through restoration efforts with the University of Central Florida and Brevard Zoo. The bags have been placed in various sites throughout Canaveral National Seashore to rebuild damaged reefs, prevent erosion, and serve as a model ‘Living Shoreline’ for the community. In all of the sites, vegetation was planted behind the oyster bags to further decrease wave energy reaching the shore and create a natural shoreline profile.
Interested in helping with the Shuck and Share oyster recycling project? Call 386-428-4828 or e-mail Annie@marinediscoverycenter.org. We are taking a break this month to plant vegetation in our new salt marsh, but we will resume mat-making and bagging events in October.