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Swan Island Oyster Sanctuary Project enters year two with big goals

Year two of the Swan Island Oyster Sanctuary Project is underway at the State Port with big goals in mind after solid progress within the last year. (Nate Belt, NewsChannel 12 photo)

Millions of oysters are being put into waters off our coast.

Year two of the Swan Island Oyster Sanctuary Project is underway at the State Port with big goals in mind after solid progress within the last year. Thousands of tons of granite are poured onto a barge and then piled into the water. It's one of 15 sanctuaries along our coast. Once completed, the new reef will have many benefits to our coastal community and environment.

"There are economic benefits that trickle directly to commercial harvesters that are benefiting from the oyster larvae that come off of this reef site," said Jason Peters, Environmental Program Supervisor for the NC Division of Marine Fisheries. "All the way to improved water quality for visitors and for residents, it helps with storm wave mitigation."

The project will wrap up next year and will cost around $6 million overall.

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