The Coastal Master Naturalist Association is assisting the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources (SCDNR) staff in building oyster habitats along the South Carolina coast.
The habitats built under the SCORE program will be relatively small, but they will allow SCDNR to conduct experiments to refine restoration techniques before embarking on large-scale restoration projects.
Reefs are constructed of plastic mesh bags filled with oyster shell. The mesh bag creates a stable, three-dimensional habitat that is conducive to recruitment of juvenile oysters. The mesh bags are laid side-by-side on the shore to create a "footprint" which will eventually become a living oyster reef. Some shell bags will be used as "stump bags" with rebar pushed through them and placed standing upright at the reefs. The vertical orientation of the stump bags exposes less surface areas to siltation but more to juvenile oysters.
Each reef is constructed of approximately 100 shell bags and most sites have three reefs within it. Thus 300 bags are generally needed for each site. Each bag holds three-fourths bushel of oyster shell. So, each site requires about 225 bushels of oyster shell.
Volunteers are invited to assist in filling shell bags. Work sessions are usually 1-2 hours in length.
Moderate physical activity required. Lifting and shoveling oyster shells
What to bring: Water, snacks, bag lunch, sun screen, rain Jacket, natural bug spray.
Hand tools will be provided.
Required to fill out a Volunteer Service Agreement that is good for a year.
10:00am - 12:00pm EST
SCDNR - Marine Resources Division, 217 Fort Johnson Rd, Charleston, SC