The St. Andrew Bay Resource Management Association (RMA) is a private, nonprofit 501(c)3 citizens' group whose members are committed to the proper management of St.AndrewBay and adjoining bays, lakes, tributaries and wetlands. RMA recognizes that the St.AndrewBay system is BayCounty's most valuable natural resource, and that the bay plays a key role in the local economy.
The major objective of RMA is to ensure that future growth is properly managed to maintain the quality and productivity of the local estuarine system.
Seagrass and wetland loss
Beach and shoreline erosion
St. Andrew Bay Watch
Education & Outreach
2015 Summer Activities
Help the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission build oyster bags and mats for Oyster Reef Habitat Restoration in St. Andrew Bay
On Saturday, June 20th, we will be filling oyster bags at our new location under the West Bay SR-79 bridge and adjacent to BFE Restaurant at 6511 Laird Park Rd, Panama City Beach, FL 32413.
In addition to June 20th, NEW volunteer days have just been added. Click the link below to reserve your spot for June 23, 24, 25, 26, 28, 29, or 30 and help restore West Bay.
Please view our detailed invitation page and sign up for these events using the link below. 1. Click this link to go to our invitation page on VolunteerSpot: http://vols.pt/68gHiJ 2. Enter your email address: (You will NOT need to register an account on VolunteerSpot) 3. Sign up! Choose your spots - VolunteerSpot will send you an automated confirmation and reminders. Easy!
Making Oyster Mats
What’s the plan? FWC and partners plan to install approx. 1 acre of oyster reef habitat along the western shoreline of West Bay. Restored reefs will mimic natural reef profiles with gaps between reefs to create beneficial hydrodynamic flow, maintain fish and wildlife passage corridors, and foster the recovery of approx. 30 acres of historic seagrass habitat.
What are the project benefits? 1. Enhance & protect the oyster population of St. Andrew Bay 2. Reduce wave energy & protect the shoreline 3. Improve water clarity & quality 4. Enhance fisheries habitat 5. Create conditions more suitable for seagrass recruitment and recovery
What will I be doing? On June 20th, volunteers will be filling oyster bags with recycled oyster shell material. Each bag will be filled with 5 gallons of oyster shell and tied closed with fiber twine. We will stack bags as they are assembled. Volunteers may load shell into buckets and fill bags, tie bags, or assist with bag stacking.
On June 23rd through 30th, volunteers are needed to help FWC build oyster mats using biodegradable coconut fiber and recycled oyster shell materials. To build each oyster mat, we will be cutting coconut fiber matting into 10' by 15' sections and filling the center of each mat with loose coconut fibers to 1" in thickness and 12-18 oyster shells per square foot. Once filled, oyster mats will be tied closed with coconut fiber twine. Each mat will then be set aside until time for installation in West Bay. Volunteers may cut matting, work with loose coconut fiber filling, assist with oyster shell layering, or tie completed mats together.
Items to bring: -Sunscreen and hat or rain jacket -Water…lots of water! -Snacks/Lunch -Close-toed shoes only please -Work gloves will be provided
Location Under the West Bay SR Hwy 79 bridge and adjacent to BFE Restaurant at 6511 Laird Park Rd, Panama City Beach, FL 32413 - Look for the fenced in area. NOTE: This is a construction job site - please wear close-toed shoes.