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BREVARD COUNTY SHUCK AND SHARE
River Rocks, Rockledge
Bonefish Willy’s, Melbourne
Beachside Seafood, Indialantic
Sand on the Beach, Melbourne Beach
Djon’s Steak and Lobster House, Melbourne Beach
Djon’s Village Market, Indialantic
Islands Fish Grill, Indialantic
Sun on the Beach, Satellite Beach
The Fat Snook, Cocoa Beach
Jazzy’s Mainely Lobster, Cocoa Beach
Sunset Waterfront Grill, Cocoa Beach
Captain J’s Restaurant, Cocoa Beach
Molly’s Seafood Shack, Merritt Island
Seafood Atlantic Inc., Cape Canaveral
Fishlips Waterfront Bar & Grill, Cape Canaveral
Rusty’s Seafood and Oyster Bar, Cape Canaveral
Victorio’s Oyster Bar & Grille, Titusville
Dixie Crossroads, Titusville
Southeastern Seaproducts Inc., Melbourne
this is the shucking house
that are relocated into the lagoon at seven different
locations in Brevard County. To date, the more than
10 million clams transplanted into the lagoon are
expected to breed and expand the population.
According to Osborne, “We have found clam larva in
the lagoon so we know it’s working. They’re doing it.
He also reports that another positive sign is that
the clams have survived the lagoon’s most recent
Funding for the clam project comes from grants
from a variety of sources, and the budget next year is
approaching a million dollars.
“It costs us 10 cents a clam,” Osborne says.
That works out to $100,000 for a million clams, and
next year they plan to place 8 to 10 million more
clams in the lagoon. Most of that budget pays for staff
time, boats and clam transportation in refrigerated
trucks from the breeding labs in St. Augustine.
For the future, Osborne says they intend to expand the
clam project to other lagoon sites in the Fort Pierce
and Port St. Lucie areas.
Osborne calls the clams and oysters just one
treatment for a large disease. Pollution of the lagoon
comes from many different sources and there is not
one particular solution.
WHITNEY LAB, UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA
Whitney Lab workers and volunteers unload clams from a refrigerated truck from the breeding
labs in St. Augustine for sowing in the lagoon.
Shuck and Share manager Olivia Escandell and assistant Adam Klingenberg
collect oyster shells from participating restaurants in Brevard County.