VERTICAL OYSTER GARDENS (VOGs)
Building artificial reef for new habitat
Vertical Oyster Gardens (VOGs) are suspended from docks to create a hard substrate where juvenile oysters can attach and develop. Oysters are a food source for birds and fish. Many small fish, crabs, shrimp and other critters live among oysters providing food for large fish and wildlife. Additionally, oyster habitats are a great place to catch fish. Oysters are natural filters, cleaning up to ten gallons of water per hour. More oysters mean a cleaner bay!
Tampa Bay Watch has installed 60 VOGs along the CITGO terminal in downtown Tampa. It's an innovative technique to improve water quality in an urbanized setting.
Upon request, we create VOGs at Tampa Bay Watch and provide them to homeowners with docks.
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