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NOAA AWARDS MORE THAN $900,000 TO THE SOUTH CAROLINA DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES FOR OYSTER RESTORATION
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration awarded $929,000 to the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources to fund oyster habitat restoration activities in state waters. NOAA is an agency of the U.S. Department of Commerce.
The grant, administered by the NOAA Restoration Center, supports the use of an integrated oyster resource and habitat management and restoration program. Building on their current statewide resource assessment of oyster beds using remote sensing and related ground-truthing, SC DNR will complete additional assessments of oyster bed and related habitat conditions. The SC DNR will also enhance oyster beds in poor condition using a series of scaled approaches that range from community restoration projects to shell recycling and state-managed plantings to create larger reefs.
Current oyster reef data
was collected using novel digital airborne high-resolution multi-spectral
imagery funded in a NOAA grant in 2003. The nature of this imagery
allows for the condition of the reefs to be classified in much greater
detail than previously possible and helps SC DNR to effectively target
the restoration efforts and management of the oyster resource.
The NOAA Restoration
Center, within the NOAA Fisheries Office of Habitat Conservation,
promotes strong partnerships at the national, regional and local level
to enhance living marine resources to benefit the nation's fisheries
by restoring their habitat. For more information about the NOAA Restoration
Center visit: http://www.nmfs.noaa.gov/habitat/restoration.
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