When you move to Florida, you never know what you might end up doing for fun! RE/MAX Flagstaff owners Jimmy Millhollin and Annette Gardinal have become “citizen scientists” through the University of Florida’s Whitney Laboratory for Marine Bioscience! The duo has learned how to become oyster gardeners as part of the lab’s oyster restoration initiative.
Each week, Jimmy and Annette tend to their oyster garden by monitoring, maintaining, and recording data about their oyster crop. Over harvesting a whopping 20 million bushels a year led to the decline of oysters which started in the 1890’s. The population stabilized by the 1950’s and then diseases further compromised the oyster production. Currently harvests are under 200,000 bushels per year!
If all goes according to plans, scientists at Whitney Lab will be able to place juvenile oysters in a caged garden and they’ll eventually be placed in artificial oyster beds where they will grow abundantly.
Until then, Jimmy and Annette are doing their part by measuring and recording salinity and water temperature, weeding barnacles out of the oyster cages, and lovingly tending their garden.
We’ve written before about the great outdoors on our blog and we are a little obsessed with being outside and who can blame us? It’s just part of living the Florida lifestyle. At RE/MAX Flagstaff our dedicated REALTORS® are driven to serve you and are committed to success. Please let us know how we can assist you with your real estate needs. Call us at (386) 246-8585.