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Tampa Bay Watch needs volunteers May 7-8 to build oyster shell bar at MacDill AFB

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Tampa Bay Watch is recruiting volunteers to build an oyster shell bar to restore the shoreline of MacDill AFB on Thursday, May 7 and Friday, May 8. Click on date to register for the project.

The minimum age for volunteers is 18 years old for this project. You must have a valid driver’s license, vehicle registration and car insurance to drive onto the base.

Oyster shell projects involve shoveling fossilized shell into mesh bags, transporting the bags to the project site and placing oyster shell bags on the shoreline to create a series of oyster bars. It is pretty physical labor with oyster shell bags weighing around 30 pounds each. The goal is to restore lost habitat systems to the bay, prevent further erosion of the shoreline and improve water quality through natural biological filtration.