Water-Related News

Hockey sticks getting second life as oyster reefs in Southwest Florida

When you think "ice hockey," you probably think skates, pucks and sticks. But what about oysters?

It may sound weird, but "retired" hockey sticks are being used to grow oysters that are cleaning up our local waters!

It's called the Rink 2 Reef program , and it's based at FGCU's Vester Marine & Environmental Science Field Station in Bonita Springs.

"Everyone would question it at first," says student Brandon Galindo who's involved in the project. He paraphrases what people would often say: "'Hockey sticks and oyster reefs? Like, that doesn't make it sense.'"

But it did made sense to the FGCU Hockey Club which just won its 4th National Championship.