Sink Your Shucks: Oyster Reef Restoration Event
202 Palmetto Street
Rockport, TX 78382
On Saturday, May 18th join us at the Big Tree Unit of Goose Island State Park to lay oyster shell along the shoreline. Beginning at 8:30am, volunteers will help bag oysters and transport them along the shoreline to prevent erosion. Participants should wear closed-toe shoes (old tennis shoes are perfect), clothes that can get wet and dirty, sunscreen, and a hat. Work gloves and shovels will be provided. Drinks and snacks will also be provided. In case of inclement weather, the event will be rescheduled. Volunteers will receive a free T-shirt for signing up.
The “Sink Your Shucks” program is the first in Texas to reclaim more than 1,000,000 pounds of shucked oyster shells from local restaurants and wholesalers and return them to our local waters, providing substrate to form new reefs and habitat for fish, crabs, and other organisms. The project is co-coordinated by Gail Sutton with HRI and Dr. Jennifer Pollack of LSCI. Pollack, along with Sutton and Dr. Paul Montagna, developed the first oyster shell recycling program for the Texas Coastal Bend in November 2009. Volunteers will bag up reclaimed oyster shells and carry those bags to the water to build an educational oyster reef. This innovative project recycles oyster shells back into the Gulf of Mexico waters and creates a habitat where young oysters can attach and grow, ensuring an abundance of the mollusks for future commercial harvests.