University HS makes oyster matsApr 14th, 2014 | Category: Blogs, Oyster Restoration News, Shoreline Restoration News
Students from 3 environmental science classes at University High School learned about the importance of oysters to the estuarine ecosystem before creating oyster mats during class. After reviewing of the role of oysters as food, habitat, filtration, and sediment stabilization, the students paired up and assembled miniature artificial reefs out of recycled oyster shells.
A total of 63 students participated in the project, and helped create 30 new oyster mats. These mats will be deployed by fellow University High School students who have received a grant to restore a stretch of shoreline in Canaveral National Seashore. The students have measured, planned, and prepared their shoreline for restoration, and will be deploying a total of 160 mats in May at their site.
This particular restoration project is in collaboration with the University of Central Florida, whose team led by Dr. Linda Walters has restored 63 reefs at Canaveral National Seashore. Several more oyster reef restoration projects are in the works for this year. The Marine Discovery Center is excited to team up with such a knowledgeable group to improve the health of the IRL.