Mud Hole Joins CCA FL to Restore Local Habitats

Mud Hole Custom Tackle partners with the Florida Chapter of the Coastal Conservation Association to help restore local Indian River Lagoon habitats… See all the volunteer fun in the sun in our Mud Blog!

Shoreline Restoration with CCA Florida

Mud Hole staff provided 25 volunteers to work in partnership with Coastal Conservation Association (CCA) Florida to support the Marine Discovery Center’s “Shuck and Share” initiative.

Along with several other organizations, the volunteer team bagged over 15,000 pounds of recycled oyster shells. These bagged oysters will be used to create new oyster habitats in the Indian River Lagoon.

As a local business, Mud Hole Custom Tackle cares tremendously about supporting and restoring the ecosystems of the waterways we know and love. Mud Hole’s staff is obviously comprised of rod builders, but everyone in Mud Hole blue also doubles as a guide, boat captain, or passionate angler looking to protect our pursuits and the environments we hold dear.

“Conserving our ecosystems and fisheries is extremely important to Mud Hole Custom Tackle”, said Scott Gimbert, Mud Hole Vice President and avid angler. “We are excited to work with CCA on a variety of restoration initiatives – and with our headquarters in Oviedo, FL, this one hits close to home.”

Inside the “Shuck and Share” Initiative

Get an inside look at all the action from the “Shuck and Share” Initiative hosted by the Marine Discovery Center in New Smyrna Beach, FL.

With a team of volunteers from CCA, Mud Hole Custom Tackle, Boone High School, and more organizations, we all put the time in to protect the ecosystems we love!

Mud Hole’s Outreach & Community Engagement

Mud Hole Custom Tackle supports a number of community programs focused on protecting natural resources and bringing angling and rod building knowledge to youth through the education system.

Two thumbs up for volunteer work!

For the “Shuck and Share” initiative, volunteers from every Mud Hole department were eager to jump in and get dirty. 515 oyster gabions, or “pillows”, were assembled from oyster shells donated by restaurants across Central Florida. These gabions will be used in many future CCA Indian River Lagoon restoration projects.

“Having the Mud Hole Team here at the Marine Discovery Center was a huge help today” said Brian Gorski, CCA Florida’s Executive Director. “We have a great partnership and share a devotion to the environment, and today was a great example of how we can all work together to protect our natural resources and our fisheries.”

Along with supporting the “Shuck and Share” program, CCA and Mud Hole partner on a number of other initiatives, including “Release the East” – a redfish restocking program supporting the Indian River Lagoon – and CCA’s annual banquet and silent auction.