This year, two of the South Atlantic LCC’s stakeholders: the Southeast Aquatic Resources Partnership (SARP) and the National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Restoration Center have invested more than $175,000 to restore habitat in the southeastern United States. Through these projects, shorelines along the South Atlantic coast will be enhanced or restored by planting native wetland and aquatic plants and establishing or repairing oyster reefs. Working together, these partnerships of non-profit organizations, state and federal resources and regulatory agencies, academics and private organizations will not only restore habitat for fish and wildlife, but also instill a stewardship ethic in future generations. One such project is highlighted below:
Charleston Harbor/Cape Romain Restoration Protects Shorelines and Fish Habitat
Healthy salt marsh and oyster reefs along the Southeastern coast line support our natural systems by filtering impurities from coastal waters, providing healthy feeding grounds and protective areas for numerous aquatic species such as blue crab and red drum and protect our shorelines from erosion during storm events. These thrifty, filter-feeding friends also support local economies by providing food supplies and a thriving job market.
Throughout the upcoming year, the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources (SC DNR) will create intertidal oyster reefs and salt marsh to provide essential fish habitat, protect shorelines from erosion, and provide forage for American Oystercatchers and other shorebirds in the Charleston Harbor Watershed and Cape Romain Wildlife Refuge. These actions are projected to protect an additional acre of salt marsh from continued erosion and will foster local stewardship, increase public awareness of conservation issues, and increase the state’s capacity for habitat restoration by enlisting the support and direct action of coastal residents and schools.
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In addition, although this short documentary takes place in Daytona Beach, Florida; I found this video titled, “A River Revival: The Halifax Oyster Festival” to be an extremely telling example of how human ingenuity and compassion can help support conservation efforts for the long-term survival of this unique habitat and way of life.