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Shell Bank: An Oyster Shell Recycling, Habitat Selection, and Outreach Program for the Texas Coastal Bend

Summary

Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi (TAMUCC) will expand the oyster shell recycling program, by establishing partnerships with regional seafood festivals, and to reclaim a portion of the huge quantity of shells produced at these annual events. Also, host community shell-bagging events where volunteers create building blocks for an oyster reef by filling mesh bags with reclaimed oyster shells.  The Corpus Christi and Flour Bluff ISD Aquatic Science teachers will develop “oysters in the classroom”, where each class is provided with the materials (aquaria, salt water mix, water quality test kits, oyster larvae and phytoplankton (oyster food)) to grow, observe, and perform experiments on oysters in their classrooms.  Because of a lack of oyster shells, many different substrates are being used to restore reefs, including crushed concrete, porcelain, limestone, and river rock.  TAMUCC will design and conduct experiments to determine the effectiveness of each substrate for attachment and growth of oysters, and also as habitat for fish and crabs.  

Basics

Nueces

N/A

Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi

$166,490.00

Classification

CMP 306

Critical Areas Enhancement

N/A



Funding Sources

Source 1

Active

13-041

Coastal Management Program (CMP)

Primary

Federal

$99,825.00

17

N/A

Source 2

Active

13-041

Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi

Secondary

State

$66,665.00

17

N/A


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Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi
Dr. Jennifer B. Pollack
Assistant Professor
6300 Ocean Drive, Unit 5800
Corpus Christi, Texas 78412
361.825.2041
361.825.2742 (FAX)
Email

General Land Office
Coastal Resources
1.800.998.4456
512.475.0773