Volunteers Help Prep Oyster Mats For DeploymentMay 7th, 2014 | Category: Blogs, Oyster Restoration News, Shoreline Restoration News
Eleven volunteers showed up for last week’s open mat-making day at the Marine Discovery Center in spite of heavy rain that poured down outdoors. The focus last week was on quality control for existing oyster mats.
Volunteers carefully examined the mats, tightened loose oyster shells, made sure the 36 shells were properly spaced on each mat and replaced cracked or insu fficient shells. A total of 98 mats underwent the careful scrutiny of trained oyster mat-making volunteers and were prepped for deployment into the Indian River Lagoon.
That deployment will take place later this month under direction by Dr. Linda Walters of the University of Central Florida. Walters has been involved in oyster reef restoration in the Indian River Lagoon for more than a decade.
As a reminder to volunteers, there will be no mat-making session at MDC on May 17, but we hope you will join us as we Cleanup Across the Lagoon that day. The next scheduled open mat-making day will be held June 7. The public is invited to participate, both as groups or individuals. No experience is needed.