At Oyster Boys Conservation, a Southwest Florida nonprofit, we recycle oyster shells from local restaurants, transforming them into Vertical Oyster Gardens (VOGs). This sustainable practice restores marine habitats, supporting oyster population growth and water quality improvement in our community.
Also referred to as a VOG, we assemble our VOGs by drilling a hole in the middle of 20 recycled oyster shells and stringing a heavy duty coconut fiber rope through each shell. We tie it off at the bottom, and typically hang the rope from a dock with enough excess rope that all 20 shells are fully submerged slightly below the surface.
When mature, a single oyster can filter up to 50 gallons of water per day, removing excess nutrients and sediment from the surrounding waters. If each oyster can filter up to 50 gallons of water per day, then a VOG with 20 oysters can potentially filter up to 1,000 gallons of water per day (50 gallons/oyster x 20 oysters = 1,000 gallons). Over the course of a year, this vertical garden could filter up to 365,000 gallons of salt water (1,000 gallons/day x 365 days = 365,000 gallons).
Email a picture of your dock, or where you would like the shells to be placed, to email@example.com. We will digitally assess the dock set-up and identify how many VOGs your dock can hold. Once the assessment is complete, we will discuss your goals and budget to determine how
many total VOGs you'll need.
We drill the shells and assemble the VOGs, and based on your personal ability or desire, we can leave the install to you or we can complete it on your behalf.
Our founders, brothers and suncoast natives, Dom and Vince Marino led the charge in early 2022 when they decided to take action to protect the place they call home. They banded together with a few friends and started Club Manny, initially an NFT art project designed to help give back to Florida waterway protection and conservation, then q
Our founders, brothers and suncoast natives, Dom and Vince Marino led the charge in early 2022 when they decided to take action to protect the place they call home. They banded together with a few friends and started Club Manny, initially an NFT art project designed to help give back to Florida waterway protection and conservation, then quickly turned into a nonprofit passion project of their own.
Our mission is to use natural and innovative water filtration methods to combat runoff pollution threats and harmful algae blooms in our Florida water. Shoreline resiliency and protection as well as sustainable farming practices remain high urgency topics, while providing education and volunteer opportunities for our local communities.
We are constantly teaming up with local groups, schools, and individuals to complete public land clean ups, VOG stringing events, banquets, and more. Without the help of our hands-on Florida volunteers, our mission would eventually halt in its tracks. The restoration and conservation community in Florida is stronger than ever, and we're looking for all the help we can get!
From the beginning we have understood the power of collaboration, which is why we aim to partner with and work with other established organizations of often as possible. We know that this journey will be more successful with an empowered Southwest Florida community, and we hope to connect with as many likeminded individuals and groups as we can.
This is what you can expect if OBC gets the privilege of installing vertical oyster gardens on your dock! We love each and every opportunity to install VOGs in the Southwest Florida area.
The install highlighted in this video was done at Bayfront Park and consisted of 40 vertical oyster gardens, totalling close to 800 shells deployed into the water!