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Man tossing an oyster gabion onto a small blue boat.

Oyster Reef Building Season Has Come to an End

Ah, Shucks! Oyster reef building season has officially come to an end. During the season, our Restore Our Shores conservation team constructed 18 oyster reefs throughout the North basin of the Indian River Lagoon, totaling 13,700 square feet of reef.

Our First Seagrass Nursery is Now Growing Seagrass!

Our first seagrass nursery is now fully functional and growing seagrass! This nursery, which was built in partnership with the Hubbs-SeaWorld Research Institute (HSWRI), is in Melbourne Beach.  

An oyster reef made of coquina

Experimenting with a New Reef Building Material

Our Restore Our Shores (ROS) team is always looking to try new methods in its efforts to improve the Indian River Lagoon, whether it’s taking on an experimental seagrass planting project or trying out a new material in our oyster restoration projects. One such new material: coquina!

A volunteer twirls seagrass around floral wire.

Planting Seagrass in the Indian River Lagoon

Our Restore Our Shores (ROS) conservation program has started planting small beds of seagrass in the lagoon for a new experimental project.

Using Buffer Zones to Help the Lagoon

Our Restore Our Shores (ROS) team was out of the Indian River Lagoon (but not too far away!) for their latest project to help bring this important body of water back to health: buffer zones!

Oysters with new growth.

Oyster Project Success in the Lagoon

The results of an oyster reef project built in 2022 by our Restore Our Shores team will guide how we move forward with restoration work using fewer man-made materials!

A person sprinkles clams into the Indian River Lagoon

Next Steps in Clam Restoration

Nearly two years into embarking on clam restoration in the Indian River Lagoon, our Restore Our Shores (ROS) team and their partners are using the lessons learned to guide future clam planting projects!

A photo of a woman sitting on a rock near the Indian River Lagoon.

Celebrating Women in Science: Olivia Escandell, Conservation Manager

This International Day of Women and Girls in Science, we wanted to introduce you to a few of our Zoo team members and get their insights on their fields. Meet Olivia Escandell, our Conservation Manager.