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State Seeks Input on Cultch Planting Sites

Oyster sanctuaries, such as this one in Pamlico Sound, are intended to boost oyster populations throughout the estuary. Photo: N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries

The state Division of Marine Fisheries’ shellfish rehabilitation program is asking for suggestions on where to locate 2021 oyster cultch plantings and will hold two meetings to review the proposed locations.

Cultch planting is placing shells and rock in specific places with the goal to enhance shellfish habitat in potentially productive shellfish areas. Oysters, clams, and other aquatic life are attracted to the cultch and begin to immediately colonize on the material.

The two online meetings to share information on proposed planting locations for next year will be at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 16, and 6 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 17.

To join the Dec. 16 meeting, log on to https://ncdenrits.webex.com/ncdenrits/j.php?MTID=m8dee6b288f0f26fb144ff125d6b98278. The access code is 178 570 7534 and the password is oystercultch, or call 1-415-655-0003.

To join the Dec. 17 meeting, log on to https://ncdenrits.webex.com/ncdenrits/j.php?MTID=ma6423f30f26e3ef4c003575223794abf. The meeting number is 178 109 2028 and the password is oystercultch, or call 1-415-655-000

Written and verbal suggestions must be submitted by Dec. 23.

To request specific information about 2021 cultch planting plans, for more about the online meetings, or to submit written or verbal comment, contact Jason Peters, Reef Enhancement Program Supervisor, at 252-808-8058 or jason.peters@ncdenr.gov.

To learn more about cultch planting and shellfish rehabilitation in North Carolina, please visit the cultch planting webpage and the interactive map of all cultch planting sites.

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