Building upon ODA's dedication to finding new ways to help reduce water pollution in our region, Upper School students in Dr. Lurea Doody's Marine Science classes have taken on a new project that combines research, engineering, and a service component.
Vertical oyster gardens are oyster shells that have been strung together with wire, twine, or rope that are hung from docks to add additional habitats for marine organisms in our bays. Many animals, fish, and mollusks including oysters, need stationary habitats to safely grow. Oysters are particularly important in our area for their ability to quickly filter water which in turn helps reduce pollution and allows other marine life to flourish.
After collecting recycled oyster shells that had been cleaned and sterilized in the sun, Dr. Doody's students worked in teams to build vertical oyster gardens using drills to bore holes through the tough shells and wire to string them together. Once assembled, each student will earn community service hours when they install their gardens on the docks of families, friends, or businesses who are interested in helping to improve water quality and increase habitat options.
The simple, yet beautiful strung shells will become homes for a multitude of marine life who will benefit greatly for years to come. If you are interested in hanging a vertical oyster garden on your property, please contact Dr. Lurea Doody.