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Federation, Aquarium Seek Volunteers

Volunteers are needed on Feb. 24 to help the North Carolina Coastal Federation and the North Carolina Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores bag oysters shells that will become habitats for marine animals and will help protect shorelines.

The first Volunteer Service Corps project of 2017 will be held at the North Carolina Coastal Federation office off 3609 N.C. 24 in the Ocean community from 10 a.m. to noon. Volunteers will cut, tie, lift and stack shell bags. This summer, the bags will be placed along shorelines to create living shorelines, which provide habitats and dissipate wave energy to prevent erosion.

The aquarium’s Volunteer Service Corp program was created in 2016 to encourage collaboration between the aquarium and conservation leaders in the community.

Volunteers must be adults or supervised children over the age of 12. The event will accommodate a wide range of physical capability.

The event is free but registration is required.  Volunteers should dress in layers and in clothes they are comfortable getting dirty. Snacks will be provided.

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