Aquaculture Cleanup in Eastern Carteret County

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The North Carolina Coastal Federation was awarded a grant this fall from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to clean up marine debris near Harkers Island. The project will remove tons of debris left behind from a clam-growing operation that went out of business decades ago. Plastic, netting, cages, buoys, pipes and ropes were creating navigation hazards and were littering salt marshes, seagrass beds and oyster beds.

In addition to volunteers who helped us remove most of the shoreline debris, Brooks Dredging and Marine Construction Inc. is cleaning up the remaining debris that is on the shoreline and in the water.

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