Recent Volunteer Opportunities
Oyster reef restoration research at the FSUCML
April 11-12, 2018
The Aquatic Habitat Conservation and Restoration Program of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) and Florida State University Coastal and Marine Laboratory (FSU) have teamed up to conduct research on eco-friendly, biodegradable oyster reef restoration materials. These materials are designed to help restore northwest Florida’s oyster reef habitat and to create new living shorelines structures that help protect coastal property.
The FWC put out a call for volunteers to assist with the deployment of new oyster reef materials at the FSU Coastal and Marine Laboratory for help transporting materials from a storage pile to a transport vessel, as well as off-loading materials for placement on intertidal oyster reef habitat. Materials included biodegradable coir (coconut fiber) oyster shell bags and fossilized oyster rock. Activities included filling buckets with oyster rock material (each rock no more than 12 inches in diameter), lifting items up to 25 pounds and placing individual rocks in about 2 feet of water on existing oyster habitat.
Check out the fun here: https://marinelab.fsu.edu/research/oyster-reef-restoration/