Restaurant to Reef Program

Click Here for Restaurant Application Click Here for Volunteer Application Restoration: Recycled oyster shells are a valuable resource in North Carolina. They are used to build new reefs. Free floating baby oysters attach to the new reefs and grow more oysters. Dumping oyster shells in landfills is illegal in North Carolina because of their value…

Shellfish Aquaculture

Learn more State of the Oyster: 2017 Progress Report The Oyster Restoration and Protection Plan for North Carolina: A Blueprint for Action 2015-2020 NCOysters.org North Carolina Shellfish Mariculture Plan: 2017-2018 Plan Development Process A multi-stakeholder group worked together to create a shellfish mariculture plan for North Carolina in order to grow the industry in a sustainable way. Shellfish…

50 Million Oyster Initiative

By the numbers 50 acres of oyster reef 50 million oysters 2.5 billion gallons of water, filtered daily Millions of fish and wildlife supported Give oysters a bright future! North Carolina’s native oyster, Crassostrea virginica, needs your help! For the cost of a few bottles of cocktail sauce, you can help restore 50 acres of…

Beacon Island Shoreline Restoration: Creating Oyster Habitat While Saving the Brown Pelicans’ Home

Beacon Island in Pamlico Sound is one of only nine remaining nesting sites for brown pelicans in North Carolina. In 2014, the remote 7.5-acre island, owned by Audubon North Carolina, supported 558 nesting pairs of pelicans, about 12 percent of the state’s population. Much like similar sites around the state, the shoreline of Beacon Island is…