Testing New Oyster Restoration Methods
Oyster reef ecosystems protect sensitive shores, provide critical habitat to many fish and invertebrate species, remove excess nutrients and filter the water column. However, these ecosystems are often degraded in tidal creeks, which receive much of the region’s rainfall and runoff. Researchers from the UNC Institute of Marine Sciences will lead this project to test burial as an oyster restoration strategy in the region’s tidal creeks. This project builds on the knowledge of local fishermen, who have found large oysters free from parasitic boring sponges thriving while buried in tidal creek sediments.