June 9, 2014 sea horse found in oyster cage


Monday June 2, 2014

"Izzy" kept us company while we cleaned the



We wanted to show you the amazing growth of our oysters.

The whitish things are sea squirts.

Saturday May 17, 2014   New helper today






Friday April 3, 2015

The oysters are put into bags that are carefully placed into the lagoon to create a reef. Each oyster can filter 50 gallons of water a day.


Phase 2 of oyster reefs underway at Indian River Lagoon

By Jerry Hume, Reporter
Last Updated: Friday, April 03, 2015, 7:01 AM

previous stories


Oysters may save the Indian River Lagoon


1 million Oysters to be used in Indian River Lagoon restoration


A new layer of defense is coming to the Indian River Lagoon. Researchers on Friday began building more oyster reefs to help improve the health of the ailing estuary.

This past year, more than 60,000 live oysters were grown by volunteers.

The oysters will soon be capable of filtering 3 million gallons of lagoon water per day and project managers are hoping even more oysters are grown this year to help the lagoon.

Experts hope the cleaner water will reduce the number of fish kills, dead dolphins and manatees that have been found in the Indian River Lagoon over the past couple of years.

This is the second phase of the Brevard Zoo and Brevard County’s Oyster Gardening program.

Roughly 350 residents have spent the past several months growing oysters at the end of their docks on the lagoon.

Now it’s time to return them in and build oyster reefs.

 “It’s really exciting to see, when you get those tiny things, you don’t see them at all at first, and then all of a sudden there’s an explosion and there’s all these baby oysters all over, it’s kind of like parenting, you’re excited to see all of them,” said volunteer Mary Morgan.

The oysters are put into bags that are carefully placed into the lagoon to create a reef.

They may seem small, but each oyster can filter 50 gallons of water a day.

Volunteers will be building new reefs at Nicol Park in Port St John on Friday and Saturday.

They will also be building reefs April 17 and 18 at Long Point Park in Melbourne Beach and on May 1 and 2 at Rotary Park in Merritt Island.



Sunday November 9, 2014

From Noreen:

You might remember that my friends and I have been growing oysters in cages, hanging from our pier. Well, the 8 month project is finished and our "babies" are now a part of a new reef on an island off the coast of Long Point Park. We have learned so much and more questions were answered by the Scientist who came down from Orlando for the event. Many thanks to all who participated!!!!!

Saturday November 8, 2014

Young oysters ready for three lagoon reef sites


More than 500 waterfront residents volunteered to grow oysters from their docks to filter the Indian River Lagoon.

This weekend, they’ll hand over that first round of oysters to be put on three lagoon reef restoration sites.

Brevard Zoo and Brevard County’s oyster gardening program is part of a larger lagoon restoration project.

Each oyster on the new reefs will filter up to 50 gallons of lagoon water each day.

Oyster collection events today, Sunday and Monday will mark the successful conclusion of the program for the first round of volunteers, who will gather at Nicol Park in Port St. John, Rotary Park on Merritt Island or Long Point Park in Melbourne Beach to turn in the oysters they grew.

The collection events will be near the sites of the first three Brevard restoration reefs. The reef locations were determined, in part, by data collected through the program.

Collected oysters will be put directly onto the reef sites.

The volunteer oyster gardeners will be invited to participate in the reef-building.

Meanwhile, a new round of oyster gardeners will pick up baby oysters at events Nov. 14 and 15. Hundreds of newly trained gardeners plan to gather at Blue Crab Cove on Merritt Island and the David R. Schechter Community Center in Satellite Beach to receive the baby oysters they’ll be caring for over the next several months.


Brevard Oyster Restoration will continue hosting training workshops for new oyster gardeners in 2015, and the reef building process will be ongoing. To find out how to get involved, visit BrevardOysterRestoration.org. 

Oyster collection and distribution events:

9 a.m. to 1 p.m today— oyster collection: Nicol Park, Port St. John

9 a.m. to 1 p.m Sunday—
oyster collection: Long Point Park, Melbourne Beach

9 a.m. to 1 p.m Monday —
oyster collection: Rotary Park, Mer­ritt Island

noon to 6 p.m. Friday —
spat distribution: Blue Crab Cove, Merritt Island; and David R, Schechter Community Center, Satellite Beach

8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Nov. 15 —
spat distribution: Blue Crab Cove, Merritt Island


Monday November 3, 2014

Yesterday we completed an 8 month Oyster Gardening project. It was a big success and our "babies" will be transferred to a reef on a small island off shore, about 7 miles south of here... Many of our new oysters are recruits ( spawned from native oysters living in the lagoon). This is a good sign of course, indicating that there are live oysters already in the river. 

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Wednesday August 27, 2014

The Brevard Zoo Oyster Restoration Team arrived today at about 1:15 pm. They set right to work looking over the cages, tossing out sea squirts, etc.... All the oysters were examined except for the bag which they declared OK.

They estimate that we have 465 oysters. Most of them are natural recruits. That is they are spat from oysters living in the river. This is a very good sign. Also the blue cage with the bag has the most amount of live oysters.


I asked how soon they will be picking up the cages and Karina said around the end of October or beginning of November..


Karina was very pleased with how clean our cages are. "We can't thank you enough for being a part of the oyster gardening project! You are doing a wonderful job.....and keep up the good work" *:) happy


Any further questions should be directed to Sammy Anderson at SAnderson@brevardzoo.org or by phone at

(321)254-9453 ext. 284

See you next Monday

*:) happy


Monday August 25, 2014

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Saturday August 2, 2014

This is the web site with all the information on oysters and our project....


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Monday June 16, 2014


Oyster Buddies,


For those of you who missed this recent article in Fla. Today:  The lurking dangers that exist the Lagoon, here is the link:




While I’d like to believe our exposure is minimal, even so, caution is in order!

All the best,



Monday June 9, 2014

Monday June 2, 2014

Saturday May 24, 2014

Saturday May 17, 2014



Saturday May 10, 2014

Oyster cages were weighted and then cleaned and then weighted again.


Saturday May 3, 2014

Oyster cages were weighted and then cleaned and then weighted again.

Saturday April 26, 2014

Here is a short video of the manatee seen this AM from the pier:







Saturday April 19, 2014


Oyster Friends,


Here are a few photos of this AM’s activities:







Saturday April 12, 2014

The yellow squishy organisms are sea squirts. They are not harmful to your oysters, but they do compete for space on the shell. The oysters were

 established first on the shell, so hopefully they will win the battle :) Please let me know if you need anything else. Thank you!                                          


Have a great night!


Sammy Anderson



On Tuesday 3/25/2014, Beach Woods Oyster project was monitored/inspected by Oyster Supervisors

from the Brevard Zoo. They were happy to verify that our oysters are thriving. They reported 154 viable

 "babies". Susan  Melton and Tess Schmidt watching and learning about the marine life found in the oyster cages.


Saturday March 1, 2014

BW residents gathered today to monitor the oyster cages at our pier. They are weighed weekly and the cages scrubbed with a brush. Notes are taken of the "critters" they found.... Crabs, etc.

You can't see the "spat" yet. Maybe next week.