These filter-feeding Olympians provide invaluable support to cleaning and maintaining the natural chemistry of our waters. When it comes to water, one adult oyster can filter up to 50 gallons of water per day. Once plentiful in our Lagoon, oyster populations have significantly dwindled. Through our Oyster Mat project we have already 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.
EVEN RESTORING THE OYSTERS AND MANGROVES LEAVES A LOT OF WORK TO BE DONE
To help the community understand an ecosystem is made of many interlocking parts that are all important to the overall health of the Lagoon, we're constructing a Living Shoreline Demonstration Site. Designs will incorporate a combination of oyster reefs, rock revetment, seawall, salt marsh grasses and mangroves to demonstrate specific "living shoreline" concepts. The site will stretch for 1/8 of a mile along the eastern shore of the Lagoon in Indialantic, FL.