These filter-feeding Olympians provide invaluable support to cleaning and maintaining the natural chemistry of our waters. Once plentiful in our Lagoon, oyster populations have significantly dwindled. Together with The Nature Conservancy and the University of Central Florida through the Oyster Mat program, we repopulated 78 oyster reefs in northern parts of the Lagoon. We will continue to restore more over the next few years.
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Mangroves provide approximately 50% of Florida's oxygen and are a staple to our ecosystem. Mangroves serve as a habitat and are a nursery for many important estuarine creatures. Our area is largely populated by red (Rhizophora mangle) and black (Avicennia germinans) mangroves making them a natural element in developing living shorelines.