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Oyster Reefballs Created by YRSCB Volunteers
Wednesday, May 9, 2012, Virginia Institute of Marine Science, Gloucester Point, Virginia

Oyster Reefball
reefball and installer


YRSCB Roundtable Volunteers braved a blustery day on May 9th to construct oyster reefballs at the Virginia Institute of Marine Science (VIMS) in Gloucester Point, VA. The experienced Chesapeake Bay Program (CBP) members quickly and efficiently taught the group the steps necessary to construct a proper oyster reef form before the concrete truck arrived.

Fifteen YRSCB Roundtable members started gathering forms, pins, washers, hammers, screwdrivers as well as small plastic footballs which are placed inside the form to provide holes in the concrete, thus limiting weight. The area soon filled with the sound of hammers hitting the pins, the air compressor filling the larger center ball, and teams laughing and chatting during their task.

Before long, the large orange concrete truck arrived signaling a new phase in the process. The bucket brigade of concrete began followed by rubber mallets hitting the forms to settle the concete. After final inspection by Tommy Leggett and his crew at CBP, the job was done and a good and satisfyingly productive time was had by all!

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