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2-25-20 Oyster reef ball construction
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Tampa Bay Watch is recruiting 10-20 hard-working volunteers to help build oyster reef balls (formerly called oyster domes) at our Marine Center, 3000 Pinellas Bayway South in Tierra Verde. The project takes place from 9 AM until Noon. The minimum age to participate in this project is 16 years old. The project involves pouring marine friendly concrete into a fiberglass mold containing a large round buoy surrounded by smaller rubber balls, creating the holes in the oyster domes. Microsilica is mixed with the concrete to balance the pH so oysters are attracted to the domes. This project is physically demanding in requiring bending, crouching, and some heavy lifting. It’s a dirty job, but it’ll make a difference for Tampa Bay!
 
Oysters need to attach to a hard structure to grow into adults and the rough texture of the domes makes it easier for oysters to grow. Oyster communities help stabilize shorelines, provide hard bottom habitats for fish and wildlife resources and promote water quality improvements in the Tampa Bay ecosystem.
 
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