With over 900 Reef Balls deployed this is truly a great cooperative effort. Watch the video to see how they were deployed and why. Then think creatively about a project for your area. Oysters are important and we have lost so many in the waters around the world. What will you to to restore marine habitat?
In 2013, at the Long Shoal Oyster Sanctuary in Pamlico Sound, N.C., #OysterReefs were created from 880 concrete reef balls – structures placed across the sound floor. Within a few months, young oysters (called spat) began to colonize the balls. By using non-explosive ordnance and training at a safe distance from the new oyster reef, North Carolina has expanded its Oyster Sanctuary System and the #USNavy’s mission of maintaining combat readiness has begun again at the Long Shoal Range. Click the video to learn more!
Posted by U.S. Navy Stewards of the Sea on Friday, August 5, 2016
Over the past few years as I attended workshops on Blue Carbon, I have always suspected that Oysters may be a way to remove carbon. Afterall their shell is calcium carbonate. Attached is a link to an article that may make a good case for mover forward quickly in the re-establishing oyster populations in all our estuaries and definitely as part of a homeowner living shoreline project to replace or augment their seawall and dock.
YRSCB Participates in CBF Oyster Reef Building
|CBF Oyster Ball Reef Workshop, October 18, 2016|
We met at the VIMS boat basin at 8:30 am on a beautiful autumn morning. Several participants were seasoned veterans of the process and quickly got to work disassembling reef ball molds from a previous build. The group, along with other volunteers and CBF members, were anticipating delivery of concrete at 10am and we were ready – but the truck had issues. After much waiting for our concrete, the bucket brigade began. We finished early with many hands making light work and even had time to help with stuffing concrete by hand into the smaller “lego-style” reefs designed for homeowners.
So what does CBF’s Virginia Oyster Restoration Manager, Jackie Shannon, think of YRSCB participation in this project?
See photos (courtesy of Pattie Bland, Karen Reay and Jim Tate) below and click on each photo to enlarge.
To learn more about why oyster reef balls benefit Chesapeake Bay, see Restoring the “Coral Reefs” of the Chesapeake Bay or contact Jackie Shannon, Virginia Oyster Restoration Manager, Chesapeake Bay Foundation, 804-832-8804
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