The N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries will hold five public meetings in early December to receive suggestions and comments on cultch planting.
Cultch planting involves strategically placing shells and rock 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.
In an effort to improve the cultch planting program, the division’s Shellfish Rehabilitation staff holds annual meetings to provide interested parties the opportunity to give input on planting sites, methods, materials and quantities.
The meetings will be held on the following dates, times, and locations:
|Monday, Dec. 9 at 6 p.m.
N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries Manteo Office
1021 Driftwood Drive, Manteo
|Thursday, Dec. 12 at 6 p.m.
Topsail Beach Town Hall
820 S. Anderson Blvd, Topsail Beach
|Tuesday, Dec. 10 at 6 p.m.
N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries Central District Office
5285 Highway 70 West, Morehead City
|Friday, Dec. 13 at 6 p.m.
Pamlico County Courthouse
202 Main St., Bayboro
|Wednesday, Dec. 11 at 6 p.m.
Hyde County Government Center
30 Oyster Creek Road, Swan Quarter
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. For more about these upcoming meetings, contact Jason Peters, Reef Enhancement Program Supervisor, at 252-808-8058 or Jason.Peters@ncdenr.gov