Voices for Biodiversity – From Restaurant to Reef

I sat at a high table atĀ Half Shell Oyster House in Destin, Florida. Christmas music played softly in the background, complemented by fir boughs adorned with red bows on each table. General Manager Stephen Vallette sat across from me as we discussed details of the Choctawhatchee Basin Alliance (CBA) oyster shell pickup at his restaurant….

Coastal Angler – Oyster Gardening

Jennifer McPeak, a Choctawhatchee Basin Alliance (CBA) Oyster Gardener volunteer, showed me to her dock on a serene Destin bayou. The fall sunshine and clear blue sky had combined to create a beautiful morning, and mullet splashed in the shallows while a Great Blue Heron stalked prey among the reeds nearby. Kneeling carefully against the…