Patriots Point, DNR to build oyster reef near Yorktown

Oyster shells like these will be used to build an artificial reef near Patriots Point in Mount Pleasant early Wednesday morning at the naval and maritime tourist attraction.

A popular Mount Pleasant tourist attraction will join with the state Wednesday to build an oyster reef.

Staff members from Patriots Point Naval and Maritime Museum and the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources will build the reef near the attraction’s pier. They will start at 7:30 a.m. in front of the World War II-era aircraft carrier Yorktown.

Preassembled oyster shell bags will be loaded onto a boat and taken to a nearby bank for the 2.5-hour project.

The reef is part of the state’s SCORE, or S.C. Oyster Restoration and Enhancement, program. Oyster shells provide habitat for different species, act as natural filters and help prevent shoreline erosion.

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