Volunteers needed to bag and place oyster shell

November 10, 2009

cbaSave our shellfish and foraging habitats!

Choctawhatchee Basin Alliance is building oyster reefs in the Choctawhatchee Bay, and you can help. Volunteers are needed to bag and place oyster shell. Come out and be a part of an exciting project.

• Oysters are filter feeders found throughout the estuarine portion of the Choctawhatchee Bay ecosystem. Oysters can potentially filter 9.8 gallons of seawater every hour.
• Oysters provide diverse food, shelter and foraging areas for a variety of important fish species (redfish, sheepshead), birds (American oystercatcher, ibis, herons), and other wildlife species (blue and stone crabs, and shrimp)

Shell Bagging Dates: November 16th, 17th, 18th, 19th and 20th
Times: 11/16, 11/17–9AM-12PM; 11/18, 11/19, 11/20—9AM-? (about 4-5 hrs)
Location: Northwest Florida State College, Niceville
On 11/16 and 11/17 we will bag shell at Northwest Florida State College. On 11/18, 11/19 and 11/20, we will bag shell at Northwest Florida State College, Niceville, then travel to reef site to place shell. Plan to get wet. Bring change of clothes and towel. Wear long pants, close-toed shoes and sun-protection and bring a snack. CBA provides gloves and water, as well as transportation to site.
Contact: Alison McDowell, 729-6423 or 729-6456