Reef coming soon

BEI started construction Thursday, Sept. 10 on an oyster reef in the 1500 block of Fulton Beach Road. It is made from 100% repurposed materials. BEI collected oyster shell at the 2020 Oysterfest and The Boiling Pot to provide shell for the reef. Netting to secure the reef was collected from the beach at San Jose Island. Only repurposed materials are being used for construction. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers issued a permit for the reef in August. The reconstruction is timed to take advantage of the peak oyster-spawning season. Josh and David Kaspar gave their permission, as well as financial assistance for the reef project. “Returning oyster shells to local bays for establishment of reefs will provide many benefits including shoreline protection, fish nursery, recreational fishing, bird foraging, bird watching and water quality,” said BEI’s Charlie Belaire.

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