Friday, January 18, 2013

Calling All Potential ‘Shell’ebrities!!

Super Reef Build Event

Have you ever wanted to be a part of something big? Join us on Saturday February 23rd as we add onto our beautiful reef with 444 new reef bags. Every 'Shell'ebrity needs an entourage, so bring your friends, family, co-workers and neighbors! Novices welcome and seasoned volunteers are all encouraged to join this great community effort!  It may be red carpet season, but our event will take place in the mud, so be sure to wear shoes and clothing you don’t mind getting dirty.

Details at a Glance:

When: Saturday February 23rd promptly @ Noon
Where: Meet at the GTM Research Reserve Education Center
Wear: Clothes that can be soiled, rain boots if you have some
RSVP: Contact Lauren Flynn with the GTM Research Reserve

Additional Community Oyster Shell & Living Reef Restoration Project Updates

 Pictures of Progress!

Copyright Walter E. Lara 2012
Walter E. Lara, Registered Biological Photographer, has been specializing in Quality Scientific Photography Since 1990. We are thrilled to have him chronicling our project’s progress through his skilled lens. View all of the amazing photographs in his Oyster Shell Recycling and Living Reef Restoration Album.

That’s a lot to ‘Shell’ebrate!

GTM Research Reserve Oyster Volunteers collected a whopping ~50,000 pounds of oyster shell from local participating restaurants and oyster roast events as of November 2012. Volunteers and staff also are proud to have met the half-way point of the project, building 12 reef sections with 2,160 bags of recycled oyster shell. The following graph illustrates the oyster shell reclamation numbers from the Oyster Shell Recycling Project from its inception in March 2012 through November 2012:

A Huge Thank You to Our Restaurant Partners

Without the contribution and effort from our restaurant partners, this project and restoration would not be possible. Thank you Matanzas Innlet Restaurant, Hurricane Patty’s (St. Augustine), Aunt Kate’s, Cap’s on the Water, and our newest partner South Beach Grill! We encourage you to visit them and help support our project while enjoying a tasty plate of oysters.

Links for Even More Information and Oyster project Blog Articles

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