Recycling North Carolina Derelict Crab Pots into Oyster Reefs – 2013

The objective of this project is to design and test a program that will collect and recycle derelict crab pots into oyster reefs in Pamlico Sound, North Carolina.

Project Abstract

The project will remove derelict pots from targeted areas within 180,000 acres of the Pamlico Sound, transport them to a secure site, convert the pots into materials suitable for forming artificial oyster reef habitat, and then deploy them back into Pamlico Sound to construct at least 700 linear feet of oyster reef.  Local watermen are part of the project team that is collecting the derelict pots and promoting the project to other watermen.  This project seeks to establish a practical new way to rebuild oyster reefs by recycling marine debris into reef structure by using the talents and expertise of the commercial fishing industry.  The project is needed to help restore vital oyster habitat and revitalize an economically essential fishery. The long-term goal for the project is to rebuild oyster populations of the eastern oyster (Crassostrea virginica) that has declined dramatically over the last century due to mechanical disturbance and diseases.

NOAA Marine Debris Program Project

6/1/2013 to 6/1/2015

Status: Open

Location: [Southeast], [North Carolina]

Latitude/Longitude: 35.857202, -75.730498