Thursday, February 13, 2014

Commissioner Anderson At Oyster Gardening Project Feb. 22

MELBOURNE, Fla. -- Brevard County Commissioner Andy Anderson will help kick off the Brevard Oyster Gardening Project at 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 22 at the DRS Community Center in Satellite Beach. The first delivery and distribution of live oysters will take place that morning.

The Brevard Oyster Gardening Project, launched by Brevard Zoo in partnership with Brevard County, is designed to create, restore and monitor oyster habitats throughout the county with the final goal of rebuilding a sustainable oyster population in the lagoon.

The goal is to introduce one million oysters into the lagoon, which could effectively filter 50 million gallons per day and more than 18 billion gallons per year. This is one part of the overall Restoration Strategy for the lagoon which includes reducing pollutants, removing muck and restoring oysters, clams and wetlands.

The Brevard Oyster Gardening Project is dependent on community participation. Residents can participate as an oyster gardener or an oyster garden buddy. Oyster gardeners need to live on the lagoon, either on a canal or lagoon front, and oyster buddies do not. Volunteers for both programs will need to attend one of our workshops so that they can learn how to create their oyster habitats, be trained on monitoring procedures, and receive all of the necessary supplies for an oyster garden.

If interested in becoming an oyster gardener or oyster buddy, contact Sammy Anderson at or (321) 254-9453, ext. 284 to register for an upcoming workshop.