Students gain concrete skills by building oyster reef balls

Masonry students at the Center for Applied Technology North in Severn already have brick laying, concrete mixing and wall building on their resumes.

This week, they added reef ball construction.

Junior and senior students learned on Wednesday how to make concrete balls on which baby oysters can latch. The gumdrop-shaped structures with holes in their walls serve as a home base for the critters that filter contaminants in waterways.

“We wanted to connect the community and the bay,” said Morgan Kupfer, the Annapolis chapter president of the nonprofit Coastal Conservation Association Maryland, which led the project.

The reef balls will be deployed this fall near Tilghman Island in Talbot County.

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