Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Belle Isle Marsh Festival MOP NOAA Presentation on-line

On Sunday, MOP had a tabel at the Belle Isle Marsh Festival in Winthrop. Our table included an overview of our restoration effort, some of our oysters (pulled freshly from a cage in the Charles estuary) literature and t-shirts for sale. While getting there was challenging due to filming of the latest Ben Affleck movie in Charlestown, it was well worth fighting the unexpected traffic hassles. The Marsh is beautiful and the event was fun! Children loved holding the oysters and the shrimp swimmng among them. They also had hayrides, a critter exhibit and pumking decorating.

We focused on three messages.
1. An oyster can filter 30 gallons of water per day.
2. Oysters add to biodiversity with up to 200 other species living on a reef. (The shrimp aptly illustrated this.)
3. The oysters can survive in the harbor. We had oysters survive last winter and the oysters are growing well in the cage. We just need to find the right location on the bottom.

We have posted the presentation we gave at the July NOAA meeting on slideshare. You can see it here.

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