Volunteer for the Tampa Bay Watch Green Key oyster shell bar restoration project

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Volunteers are needed to help out with the oyster bar construction and to haul the shell bags from the boat ramp to the island. Anyone with shallow draft boats are greatly needed to aid in this process.


Participants will need to wear closed-toe shoes and clothes that can get wet and dirty. Gloves will be provided, but feel free to bring your own work gloves if you have them.


Please email Rachel at [email protected] if you'd like to volunteer for this project (registration is required). The meet up spot will be at the Williams Park Boat Ramp in Riverview. The boat ramp is on the west side of US 41 (Tamiami Trail) where US 41 and the north side of the Alafia River intersect.


Register to volunteer on the following days: Wednesday, October 13; Thursday, October 14; Thursday, October 28 and Friday, October 29; 9 am-1 pm.

Join Tampa Bay Watch to help build an oyster shell bar on the western shoreline of Green Key, a small island located just south of the mouth of the Alafia River in Hillsborough Bay.

With the help of Audubon of Florida, US Fish and Wildlife and Restore America's Estuaries, Tampa Bay Watch will create approximately 500 feet of oyster shell bar to restore lost habitat systems to the bay and to prevent further erosion of the Green Key bay. They will be shoveling fossilized oyster shells and transporting them to the shoreline to create a series of oyster bars. This will also help to improve water quality through natural biological filtration.

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