Vertical Oyster Gardens
Do you want to help Save Our Bay? In a recent water quality report on Old Tampa Bay, which lines the Oldsmar and Safety Harbor coasts, water was found to be the least healthy in the entire bay. There are many ways to help clean our waters. Our first project to tackle this important issue, Vertical Oyster Gardens or VOGS, launched on December 11, 2021. Sounds interesting, doesn’t it?
Have you already installed VOGS on your dock?
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Special Thank You to our partners
Steps to hang VOGs
We have oysters!
We hosted our first VOG monitoring event on August 6, 2022. While VOGs were mostly covered with barnacles, we did find oyster spat (aka baby oysters) on about half of them. This was expected, as barnacles recruit earlier in the year than oysters. Oysters spawn in the summer months, so we were seeing the first spawn of the season.
When oysters are this size, they can be hard to spot amongst all the barnacles. The monitoring team had their work cut out for them! Check out the picture below to see how many oyster spat you can see.
Now look at the picture below to see if you got them all (oyster spat circled in yellow).
If you want to help monitor the VOGs on the R.E. Olds pier, contact the Sustainability Coordinator for more information.