Brown Bag Lunch: Living Docks

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May Brown Bag Lunch: Living DocksJoin us at noon on Tuesday, May 1 for our May Brown Bag Lunch on Living Docks, featuring Dr. Kelli Hunsucker and Dr. Robert Weaver.

Benthic communities, such as oysters, barnacles, sponges and other filter feeding organisms, are important in the health of the Indian River Lagoon. Oysters have the potential to filter up to 50 gallons of water per day! With this knowledge, the Indian River Lagoon Research Institute (IRLRI) has been working with local community groups and homeowners on the Lagoon to create "Living Docks."

Attaching oyster mats and bags to docks along the Lagoon is a simple, low maintenance method to help improve the water quality of the Lagoon. Just think, if a single oyster can filter up to 50 gallons of water a day, a healthy Living Dock community can filter up to 57,000 gallons of water per day or about 21 million gallons of water per year per dock! Thats enough water to fill 420,000 bathtubs!

Dr. Kelli Hunsucker is an Assistant Professor of Ocenaography at FIT and the Outreach Coordinator for the Indian River Lagoon Research Institute. Dr. Robert Weaver is an Associate Professor of Ocean Engineering at FIT and the Director of the Indian River Lagoon Research Institute.

This is a lunchtime learning lecture, attendees are welcome and encouraged to bring their lunch to enjoy during the seminar.

MRC's Brown Bag Lunch Series is held the first Tuesday of each month from noon to 1:00 pm at the Ted Moorhead Lagoon House, 3275 Dixie Highway NE, Palm Bay, Florida. For more information contact MRC at 321-725-7775.