Volunteer with Bay Watch to Build Oyster Shell Bar in Bay

By Barbara Ann Kelley, CBSTampa.com

If you are over 18 and interested our Bay’s ecosystem Tampa Bay watch wants you to volunteer. They are recruiting volunteers to help create a shoreline oyster shell bar on Monday, November 14 from 9 a.m. to noon.

Tampa Bay Watch will be creating, with the help of volunteers, an oyster shell bar on the shoreline of MacDill Air Force Base.

Volunteers will help shovel fossilized oyster shells into mesh bags.  These bags will be placed on the shoreline to create a series of oyster bars.

This Tampa Bay Watch project should help restore lost habitat systems to the bay and prevent further erosion.  The oyster bars should also improve water quality through natural biological filtration.

Bay Watch is dedicated to helping restore the natural habitat and resolve water quality for the wildlife and humans who live near the Tampa Bay.

Volunteers will meet within MacDill Air Force Base. Use this link to register with Bay Watch.

Volunteers will be getting wet and dirty, closed toe shoes or water shoes, hat, sunscreen, bugspray and water bottle are nessecary.

Personal information when registering is required, such as: your middle initial, the state Driver License was issued, DL number and expiration date of your driver’s license is required for MacDill’s security clearance.

You must have a valid driver’s license, vehicle registration and car insurance to drive onto the base.

The minimum age for volunteers is 18.

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