Volunteers needed to build living shoreline with oysters in Sunset Beach


SUNSET BEACH, NC (WWAY) — The North Carolina Coastal Federation wants your help Thursday to build a 60-foot oyster reef along the shoreline of the Sunset Beach Town Park.

Volunteers will be placing the bags along the shoreline at low tide to build one of the oyster reefs for the living shoreline project. The reef, along with additional oyster dome reefs and salt marsh plantings, will form a living shoreline to help protect the park from erosion and create valuable habitat.

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According to NC Coastal Federation, volunteers are needed to haul and place the bags of oyster shells and granite along the shoreline and stack them to form the new reef. The event is suitable for adults, organized groups and supervised children over the age of 12.

The event will be Thursday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Sunset Beach Town Park, 206 Sunset Blvd North. Sign up to volunteer here.

There will be activities to accommodate a wide range of physical abilities and snacks and lunch will be provided.

Volunteers should dress in layers for the weather and in clothes that are comfortable but can also get dirty. You should also wear closed-toe shoes or boots that fully cover their feet and can get wet. Additional boots will be available. All project supplies, including gloves will be provided.

NC Coastal Federation may schedule an additional volunteer time on Friday or January 30 to finish the oyster reef construction if needed.

For more information on living shorelines, visit the Living Shorelines Academy.