Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Clemson SCORE

Over Spring Break Clemson's Conservation of Marine Resources team traveled to ACE Basin National Estuarine Research Reserve. In addition to working with Blue Crabs, those of us in 494 worked with SC DNR and their South Carolina Oyster Restoration Enhancement (SCORE) program. Oysters work as filters by improving water quality, provide habitat to fishes and invertebrates, and protect shorelines by controlling erosion. SC DNR was kind enough to provide us with all the shell that was needed to be bagged. Once all shell was bagged we traveled to our site. We waited until low-tide and then began hammering our bags of shell in with rebar extending the pre-existing reef both laterally and outwards.

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