If you’re looking to get more involved in fighting climate change, using nature based solutions to enhance biodiversity, sequester carbon dioxide and reduce the impact of coastal erosion? Then you’ve come to the right place!
Our oysters are ‘mini engineers’ that collectively will bring this significant positive environmental change over their lifetime, and ours too hopefully! This is meaningful action right here, right now!
Our oysters live in ‘Oyster Gardens’ that hang from marina pontoons. The Oyster Gardens are marine boxes that allow the oysters filter water and maximise their spawning potential as the fertilised oyster larvae can pass through the boxes and attach on to any hard substrate in the vicinity of the garden every July / August.
As you would expect, the oyster garden attracts other marine species like sea squirts and biofilm that needs to be cleaned off from the outside and inside of the boxes from time to time; starfish and other creatures can be released back into the water. The oysters themselves stay fairly clean but we need to inspect them and make an assessment on health.
There is no heavy lifting required and there should be no risk of falling in. But care is always needed when beside deep water.
We will also give you an explanation and overview of the Green Ocean Project.
What you’ll need
Warm clothes (and some more just in case as it can get chilly) and sun protection cream.
Older clothes that you don’t mind getting a bit dirty; might be better not to wear your Sunday best!
If you can bring reusable kitchen rubber gloves. We will have single use rubber gloves available, but we try and reduce using single use plastic as much as possible.
What will be provided
We will provide the cleaning sponges and hoses etc are on the marina. Handwashing / changing facilities are available in the marina changing rooms after the session.
When and Where?
Our first scheduled volunteer session at Dun Laoghaire Marina at 10AM, on TUESDAY 6 FEBRUARY 2024 IS NOW FULL. The March scheduled volunteer session at Dun Laoghaire Marina is at 14:30PM, on FRIDAY 8 MARCH 2024 and is also now full. Details for April will be released shortly.
Details of the meeting point will be sent by email to those signing up.