Can You Get Involved?
Donate the Shell
From Your Oyster Roasts: Are you planning a private
oyster roast? Do you own a seafood restaurant that serves oysters?
Donate your shell to the GEORGIA program. Call the Marine Extension
Service and we will organize a shell collection. In Savannah call
Daniel (912) 598 2348, in
Brunswick call Casey (912)
264 7323. Alternatively, take the shell yourself and drop it off
at one of our conveniently located recycling
centers in Savannah, Brunswick, and on Jekyll Island.
Shell Bagging: On a monthly
basis our volunteers meet at the shell centers and place the recycled
shell into mesh bags that will be used to enhance future oyster
reefs. Click here to find out the upcoming
Oyster Reef Building:
Oyster reef building and enhancement takes place
during the spring months as volunteers move the mesh bags of cured
oyster shell to selected oyster reef sites. The shell inside the
bags create the substrate for oysters and other organisms to attach
and grow during the upcoming spawning season. Click here
to view pictures from our most recent planting at Beach Creek
on Jekyll Island.
Oyster Reef Monitoring:
Volunteers are trained by the Marine Extension
Service to conduct monitoring (water quality, biological community,
oyster recruitment, growth and mortality) on a monthly basis at
each of the restored sites.
The University of Georgia Marine Extension Service
offers hands-on, inquiry-based education
programs for students in grades five through twelve focusing
on oyster reef communities and restoration efforts.
We would like to thank the following for supporting
our restoration efforts: National Marine Fisheries Services Community-Based
Restoration Program, Ocean Trust, and University of Georgia Marine
Extension Service, Tybee Burton 4-H Center, Savannah Presbytery,
South Carolina Oyster Restoration and Enhancement Project, Skidaway
Institute of Oceanography, Uncle Bubbas Oyster House, the Saltwater
Grill, the Oyster Bar, the Environmental Protection Division,
the Jekyll Island Authority, Five Star, Tidelands Nature Center,
Jekyll 4 H Center, CDR Environmental Specialists, Georgia Power,
Honeywell, and the Georgia Department of Natural Resources.