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May Brown Bag Lunch: Living Docks

Marine Resources Council
Event organized by Marine Resources Council

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Join us for our May Brown Bag Lunch, with Dr. Kelli Hunsucker and Dr. Rober Weaver, on Living Docks. Benthic communities, such as oysters, barnacles, sponges and other filter feeding organisms, are important in the health of the Indian River Lagoon. Oysters have the potential to filter up to 50 gallons of water per day! With this knowledge, the Indian River Lagoon Research Institute (IRLRI) has been working with local community groups and homeowners on the Lagoon to create "Living Docks." Attaching oyster mats and bags to docks along the Lagoon is a simple, low maintenance method to help improve the water quality of the Lagoon. Just think, if a single oyster can filter up to 50 gallons of water a day, a healthy Living Dock community can filter up to 57,000 gallons of water per day or about 21 million gallons of water per year per dock! Thats enough water to fill 420,000 bathtubs!


Lagoon House