Jason Anderson, of Naples Boy Scout Troop 165, contacted Dr. Bauer and the Natural Resources Division regarding ideas for a project he could carry out in order to earn his Eagle Scout rank. The Division suggested the building of an oyster reef to help improve the water quality in Naples Bay. Jason coordinated the work involved in the creation of the reef with the Division and the members of his troop. Each of 400 bags were filled with 25 pounds of mined oyster shells and then placed in Naples Bay on Saturday, June 23, 2012 to facilitate the creation of an oyster reef.
Oysters are nature’s filter feeders and help clean up the bay by straining its waters of pollution. The addition of the 400 shell bags into Naples Bay will provide a surface for baby oysters to attach to which will form a living oyster reef.
This project would not have been possible without the coordination and volunteers of not only Boy Scout Troop 165, but also the donation of time and equipment from local marine construction company, Garland and Garland.
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