Brevard Zoo Conservation Report 2016 | Page 22

Brevard Oyster Restoration

The selfless shellfish

The Indian River Lagoon , located just four miles east of the Zoo , is one of the most biologically diverse estuaries in North America . In recent years , declining water quality in the lagoon , largely due to nutrient pollution , has resulted in widespread algal blooms , causing seagrass and wildlife die-offs that put the fragile ecosystem at risk . Through the community-based Brevard Oyster Restoration program , we are working with our partners to improve the lagoon ’ s water quality by restoring populations of native , filter-feeding oysters .
One adult oyster can clean

50 Gallons of water per day