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Tampa Bay Watch: Volunteers needed to build oyster shell bar

Tampa, Florida-- Tampa Bay Watch is looking for locals to volunteer their time this Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

Reps say they'll be building an oyster shell bar on the shoreline of Schultz Nature Preserve. Volunteers can expect to assist with shoveling fossilized oyster shells into mesh bags, transporting those bags via boat and placing oyster shell bags on the shoreline to create a series of oyster bars.

In the video above, you can get a glimpse of all the project entails as you see volunteers from the Mosaic Company working on a similar project in December of 2012.  

Tampa bay Watch and Coastal Conservation Association are taking on this project with hopes of restoring lost habitat systems to the bay, preventing further erosion of a local shoreline and improving water quality through natural biological filtration.

Event specifics are as follows

  • When: Thursday, April 11, Friday, April 12, Saturday, April 13 from 9 a.m. to noon
  • Where: They will meet at Williams Park Boat Ramp, 8749 U.S. 41, Riverview, FL 33578. The boat ramp is on the west side of US 41 (Tamiami Trail) where US 41 and the north side of the Alafia River intersect.
  • What to wear: Volunteers should wear clothing they don't mind getting wet or dirty, closed toe shoes or water shoes, hat, sunscreen, bugspray and bring a water bottle. 

The group says they are also seeking volunteers with shallow draft boats to assist in transporting bags of oyster shell from Williams Park Boat Ramp to Schultz Nature Preserve.

If you can help, you're encouraged to contact Rachel at rarndt@tampabaywatch.org, or call (727) 867-8166 x233.

Click here for more information on the Oyster Bar program

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