BREVARD COUNTY NATURAL RESOURCES MANAGEMENT DEPARTMENT
The Brevard County Natural Resources Management Department, along with the County Commissioners, provides funding support to the Oyster Gardening project. That money has been used to purchase supplies for hundreds of oyster gardeners in Brevard County and project operational costs.
CITY OF SATELLITE BEACH, FL
The City of Satellite Beach has been an instrumental partner in continuing the public education and engagement in our Restore Our Shores program. Through their donations we have been able to provide regular oyster mat making workshops at the David R. Schechter Community Center.
COASTAL CONSERVATION ASSOCIATION
Coastal Conservation Association seeks to advise and educate the public on the conservation of marine resources, with the objective of ensuring the future availability for the benefit and enjoyment of the general public. The Orlando Chapter of CCA is a powerhouse for the Oyster Mats program, providing boats and volunteers to help out with reef building efforts each summer.
FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION
The Florida Department of Environmental Protection helps with Oyster Mats project events and provided valuable input into the development of ROS’s shell recycling initiative.
FLORIDA FISH AND WILDLIFE CONSERVATION COMMISSION
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission provides volunteer assistance and advisement for both the Oyster Mats and Oyster Gardening programs.
NATIONAL OCEANIC AND ATMOSPHERIC ADMINISTRATION
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration provides grant funding to the Oyster Mats project. NOAA offers grants for a wide variety of programs relating to the atmosphere, the oceans and coastal environments.
NATIONAL PARK SERVICE: CANAVERAL NATIONAL SEASHORE
Canaveral National Seashore, managed by the National Park Service, and Merritt Island Wildlife Refuge, managed by the US Fish & Wildlife Service, are located along the Lagoon bordering both Brevard and Volusia counties. Oyster Mats reef restoration work takes place in the northern portion of Mosquito Lagoon inside Canaveral National Seashore.
ST. JOHNS RIVER WATER MANAGEMENT DISTRICT
The St. Johns River Water Management District is responsible for managing groundwater and surface water resources for 18 counties in northeast and east-central Florida, including the IRL. They provide funding for the Oyster Mats project through sales of their special Indian River Lagoon license plate, also known as the “snook tag.” All proceeds from sales go directly to restoration and education efforts related to the Lagoon.
US FISH AND WILDLIFE SERVICE
The US Fish and Wildlife Service works to conserve, protect and enhance fish, wildlife, plants and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people. They offer financial support for projects like Oyster Mats through grants.