|Recycling Oyster Shells, Restoring Oyster Populations Lecture June 21|
Recycling Oyster Shells, Restoring Oyster Populations Lecture June 21 - Ocean Plaza Coastal Ecology Lecture Series to Feature Daniel Harris, Coordinator of G.E.O.R.G.I.A. Oyster Restoration Program
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
(TYBEE ISLAND, GA) Daniel Harris, coordinator of the University of Georgia – Marine Extension Service’s G.E.O.R.G.I.A. Oyster Restoration Program will be the featured speaker at this month’s Ocean Plaza Beach Resort Coastal Ecology Dinner Lecture Series, Thursday, June 21 at 7 p.m. at the hotel’s Dolphin Reef Oceanfront Restaurant. Harris’ lecture will focus on the efforts of the program to collect discarded oyster shells, recycle them and create oyster reefs to return to the area’s intertidal marshes. The lecture will be preceded by a wine and cheese reception at 6 p.m. in the Dolphin Reef Bar, and dinner will be served in the Dolphin Reef main dining room at 6:30 p.m. The standard Dolphin Reef dinner menu will be offered. To RSVP, please call 912-786-8400.
During the lecture, Harris will describe the efforts of the G.E.O.R.G.I.A. Oyster Restoration Program (G.E.O.R.G.I.A. is an acronym for Generating Enhanced Oyster Reefs in Georgia’s Inshore Areas) to restore local oyster populations. In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, Georgia was the country’s largest producer of canned oysters, but overfishing dramatically reduced the oyster population and shells weren’t returned to their natural habitats. The program, which is coordinated by the University of Georgia – Marine Extension Service and relies heavily on the efforts of volunteers, recycles discarded oyster shells and uses them to create intertidal reefs. The reefs are returned to the intertidal marsh, where they provide spawning, breeding, feeding and nursery habitats for oysters and other coastal species.
Harris has served as coordinator of the G.E.O.R.G.I.A. Oyster Restoration Program for the past five years. He has a bachelor’s degree in geology from the National University of Ireland, Galway.
About the Coastal Ecology Dinner Lecture Series
Among the topics covered at past Coastal Ecology Dinner Lectures were the effect of changing climates on marine ecosystems, coral habitats off Georgia and adjacent states, the declining sea turtle population, the area’s wild dolphin population, the importance of protecting blackwater river ecosystems and the mystery of bird migration.
About the Ocean Plaza Beach Resort
About the Marine Extension Service