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Vols needed this weekend to construct oyster bar

RIVERVIEW - Tampa Bay Watch and the Tampa chapter of the Coastal Conservation Association are seeking volunteers for this Thursday, Friday and Saturday mornings to help construct an oyster bar off Schultz Nature Preserve. Schultz preserve is located on the eastern side of Tampa Bay south of the mouth of the Alafia River. This shoreline and the surrounding preserve is home to colonial bird species such as the brown pelican, great blue heron and white ibis. Volunteers are still being sought to assist with the project. The oyster bar will buffer the area from wave action and reduce erosion rates. A channel to the north of the shoreline causes wake from heavy ship and boat traffic, meaning the shoreline experiences a higher rate of erosion than other areas of the preserve. The new oyster communities should also enhance and protect local biodiversity through the creation of foraging areas for the many species of fish and birds.
Volunteers will shovel some 14 tons of fossilized oyster shells into mesh bags and then transport them by outboard motorboat and place it on the shoreline of the island. Visit www.tampabaywatch.org or call (727) 867-8166 to volunteer. From staff reports
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