Starting in 2010
We partnered with Dr. Linda Walters of
the University of Central Florida (UCF) and
The Nature Conservancy in an effort to repair
damaged oyster reefs in the northern portion
of the lagoon using scientifically designed
oyster mats. The mats act as a home to
free-swimming oyster larvae. Community
volunteers concerned with the lagoon's
health help by making and deploying mats.
Starting in 2014
The Zoo, Brevard County and UCF kicked
off the oyster gardening program with a
goal of reintroducing live juvenile oysters
to parts of Brevard where populations had
been lost. These dedicated volunteers grow
oysters from their docks while monitoring
variables that affect growth and survival.
This data determines the best sites for
building new restoration reefs!