Marina Oysters Thriving!
It’s almost exactly six years now since the first permits were issued and construction began on the marina wave break/oyster reef. This was a pet project of then-Marina Committee co-chairs Jamey Mangus and Bob Schnabel, who, with others, spent many hours on paperwork and a lot of physical labor for this innovative effort, in which a grid in our marina wave wall would be planted with oyster spat — which hopefully would mature into water-cleaning, wave-calming bivalves.
It was the first project of its kind in our area, and a real experiment. Although hopes were high, there were no guarantees of any sort of real success.
Jamey was diving on his boat in the marina recently and found proof positive that the project has been working. Check out the big oysters he recovered! You probably wouldn’t want to eat these obviously hard-working Ostreoidea, but it’s clear they’ve been doing their job for a while. Hats off to all who helped make this dream a reality.