The Lemon BayWatch Team of Lemon Bay Conservancy is pursuing their goal of improving the water quality of Lemon Bay through the use of vertical oyster gardens.
The Lemon BayWatch “Oyster Ambassadors” will be on site at WATERWAYS Paddlesports, 501 W. Dearborn Street, Englewood, FL 34223 every Thursday, beginning January 18, 2024 through April, 25, 2024, 10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. to provide oyster information, answer questions, and provide free oyster strands to residents who have registered through our site.
Vertical oyster gardens, also known as VOGs, are strings of recycled oyster shells collected from local Englewood restaurants. When suspended in tidal waters, VOGs provide the ideal habitat for young larval oysters to grow into adult oysters capable of filtering up to 50 gallons of water per day.
The vertical oyster garden movement has spread throughout Southwest Florida and has had a positive ecological impact. Studies have shown that not only do they contribute to water filtration and promote cleaner water for healthy sea grass; they provide habitat for a variety of marine animals and fish. The Lemon BayWatch team is proud to be a part of this water quality initiative that will help to protect and restore the waters of Lemon Bay.
If you would like to be part of this important effort to improve the quality of water around your home, register today by clicking on this link: LBC Oyster Garden Installation Request