As part of a growing effort to improve habitat and water quality on the coast, the North Carolina Coastal Federation has partnered with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to construct oyster reefs in estuaries throughout North Carolina. The federation has been busy over the past few months constructing an oyster reef at Trinity Center in Pine Knoll Shores in partnership with Sound to Sea, an environmental education program at the center.


The ongoing oyster reef project at Trinity Center

Lexia Weaver, a coastal scientist with the federation’s office in Ocean, recently spoke about the Trinity Center shoreline with Ben Ball of Coastal Daybreak, a morning news program on The Talk Station (WTKF-FM 107.1). In the interview, she explains the benefits of building living shorelines for shoreline stabilization and more specifically about the oyster reef construction at Trinity Center.

She also discusses Living Shorelines Academy, a national resource developed by the federation and Restore America’s Estuaries that educates waterfront property owners about natural erosion control alternatives.

Check out the interview below and learn more about living shorelines at Living Shorelines Academy features training modules, a directory of living shorelines professionals, a database of existing projects and a collaborative forum for users to share ideas and information.

To find out how you can volunteer at an upcoming living shoreline construction event, please visit Please contact Lexia Weaver at 252-393-8185 with any questions.