Volunteers Restoring Lagoon’s Oyster Reefs

By  //  April 21, 2013

Next Workshop In Rockledge On May 1

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BREVARD COUNTY • ROCKLEDGE, FLORIDA – Volunteers are needed to help restore dead oyster reefs for the Brevard Zoo’s Oyster Reef Restoration Project in the Mosquito Lagoon, part of the Indian River Lagoon System.

Volunteers will help restore oyster reefs in the Mosquito Lagoon under the direction of the Brevard Zoo. (Image courtesy of Mosquito Lagoon)

To help restore oyster reefs in Mosquito Lagoon, volunteers make oyster shell mats.

Each mat is made up of 36 oyster shells attached vertically with zip ties.

The mats are later transported to the Mosquito Lagoon, where they are attached to form a large quilt-like structure where new oysters can settle and grow.

Efforts will aid the growth of oysters and contribute to overall water quality in the Indian River Lagoon.

Oyster Mat-Making Workshops are held from 10 a.m. to at noon the first Wednesday of every month at Riverwalk: A Family Park at 5355 U.S. Highway 1 in Rockledge.

The next workshop will be held Wednesday, May 1.

The event is free and open to anyone 12 years and older.

For more information, send an e-mail to Jody Palmer at jpalmer@brevardzoo.org or call 321-254-9453.