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There is an increase in oysters eaten in the winter months. However this means more shells that can be thrown away. Now there is a new option, shell recycling, which can help new oyster growth.
The Fishery Resource Grant is funding the construction of new oyster reefs in Hyde, Carteret, Onslow, and New Hanover Counties. The project is expected to stimulate not only the growth of new oysters, but the economy of these counties.
The partnership between oyster fishermen and scientists is a unique one. The Sandbar Oyster Company and the Institute of Marine Sciences of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill work together with local knowledge with scientific knowledge and data to harvest and study North Carolina’s oysters. Their partnership is good for business, education, and research.
Derelict crab pots that litter the North Carolina waterways are being used to build oyster reefs. Turning hazards into habitat is one of the goals of this study that examines the ecological characteristics of natural and restored reefs, and provide ideal locations for restoration.
Researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill's Institute of Marine Sciences are working to optimize oyster reef restoration in North Carolina's sounds. This involves a team working to construct reefs and monitor their growth over time.