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Harbor Guards, Rockport, Texas

5/5/17

Oyster Bags

Adventure Location: Rockport, Texas



The OFM knew he wanted to go somewhere this morning when he got up but the usual place was slopping over with Nautical Garage Sale junk vendors. After a few minutes of painful thinking he decided to head on over to Goose Island State Park for a refresher course on what is over there. As it turned out the Park is undergoing a major revamp on the part of the park known as Stinky Beach. From what the worker told me it will be quite a nice place when it is all finished. That will be a wonderful improvement.

After we made it through the construction and down to the fishing pier we knew we were in for a nice time. The day was beautiful and the breeze very pleasant.

The first thing we noticed was the new “reefs” in the water. Old oyster shells had been used to fill mesh bags and then they were strategically placed in the water to protect the shoreline from erosion. In time more oysters should make their home on these bags. Eventually they should become a permanent nice oyster reef.


The OFM had to hop, or is that a flop, down near the water for the oyster bags picture. Now he had to find a way to get his massive bulk hoisted back up the bulkhead. As he was standing there dreaming of stairs or at least a ladder he noticed that the vertical posts holding the bulkhead in place were nearly rotted away. The odd part was the post had rotted a rectangular hole down from the top.

 

How come and why is beyond us tonight.

At another place a lot of sea growths of some sort had lined the shoreline. It was a couple of different colors and at times seemed to almost glow in the sunlight.

 

Flowers were not in great abundance but we did find a pretty quarter sized purple one hidden in the shade by the road. It was very pretty and the only one in sight. The OFM felt fortunate to have noticed it to photograph it for his readers to enjoy.

With a camera full of pictures he decided it was time to head back to the Castle for some lunch. The morning was a pretty good one for trying to have tooooo much fun.


10 comments:

  1. Those oyster bags sound like a good solution for they problem hope it works.
    You mean Stinky Beach will not be stinky anymore? wonder what they will call it then.

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  2. My guess on the post rotting is that those may have been creosote treated posts that were cut off, and the cut end wasn't treated. And maybe tar impregnation only seeps in about an inch or so.? So the center of the tops degraded, not sides.
    IMHO

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  3. We were bird host at Goose Island last November-December. The area around Stinky Beach was flooded into the road most of the time and we had heard they were going to do some work around there. Would love to see a picture of the construction, if you have one.

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    1. No construction pics but I plan to take some after finished pics.

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    2. Great! I love the Rockport area. It has really started growing a lot in the past couple of years.

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  4. I like the idea of using old shells to stop erosion. I'd like to see more photographs of that area.

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  5. Been a long time since I was down to Goose Island. Maybe about time I checked it out again.

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  6. Great video on oyster shell project here:
    http://oysterrecycling.org/videos/

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    1. Thanks for the link Ray. It is appreciated.

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