GTM Research Reserve Offers Shuck and Tell: Oyster Stories of Northeast Florida

March.4.2015

PONTE VEDRA BEACH – The Guana Tolomato Matanzas National Estuarine Research Reserve invites the public to join reserve staff at the Lighthouse Boat Ramp on Saturday, March 7 for “Shuck and Tell,” a chance to share oyster stories of northeast Florida.

The GTM Research Reserve has dubbed 2015 the “Year of the Oyster.” The reserve’s research team is developing a baseline condition assessment of oyster reefs in the reserve. This data will be used to monitor long-term changes in oyster populations as water quality and management actions fluctuate. It will also help further the understanding of the environmental benefits that oysters provide.

“This event is part of the work being done to understand the potential of oysters as an environmental and economic resource, along with determining the best way to support healthy oysters for many years to come,” said Michael Shirley, director of the GTM Research Reserve.

Research staff at the reserve will spend this spring collecting and synthesizing information on oysters. In addition, the Northeast Florida Aquatic Preserves staff will continue its efforts to restore oyster reefs throughout the reserve with the help of volunteers and local restaurants who collect and donate leftover oyster shells.

WHAT:    “Shuck and Tell”

WHEN:    Saturday, March 7
10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

WHERE:  Lighthouse Boat Ramp
Ocean Vista Ave.
St. Augustine, FL 32080

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