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Thousands of oyster shells to form new reef off S.C. coast

May 7, 2021 GMT

MOUNT PLEASANT, S.C. (AP) — Volunteers are helping to build a 65-foot oyster reef off the South Carolina coast in the Charleston area.

The effort this week involves members of the Department of Natural Resource’s SCORE program, which does habitat restoration projects, WCIV-TV reported.

It’s expected to take 350 bags of shells to construct the reef.

Benefits of oyster reefs include bolstering the shoreline and providing habitat for more than 100 species in South Carolina, the TV station reported.

The reef will be near the U.S.S. Yorktown aircraft carrier at Patriots Point.