There’s news on two fronts for Mosquito Lagoon now that fall has just begun and summer has come to an end. Conservation is always a big issue in the lagoon systems of East Central Florida, and the algae bloom which started this past summer is still prevalent.
The Oyster Reef Restoration Project has posted a summer update on the Brevard Zoo website briefly explaining their conservation efforts over the last few summer months. Oyster beds are placed around the lagoon system by volunteers to aid in attracting oyster larvae. This in turn attracts species of crustaceans and fish to the areas as well.
On Friday, July 27, Brevard Zoo joined UCF, along with a group of volunteers from the U.S. Navy, to conduct quality control and inspection of each of the eight oyster reefs that were restored this year.
The algae bloom that the lagoon system experienced this summer was the worst ever recorded, and could pose devastating effects if the seagrass beds do not recover. In Texas, a similar sever algae bloom occured and did not completely remove itself from that fishery system for eight years. Florida Today and the Brevard Times both have updates on the lagoon system posted.
‘Experts’ on this kind of stuff say the algae is clearing out and should be down to much better levels in the coming weeks.
Cheers to that!
UPDATE: A PDF of the 2009-2019 conservation plan is available here.
Photo Courtesy RIK JESSE/FLORIDA TODAY