New River Estuary Oyster Highway

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

This project incorporates novel hard substrates, a stepping-stone siting approach, and community engagement to increase oyster population abundance, and resultant habitat and water quality related services, in the New River Estuary.

Counties Impacted:

  • Onslow

The New River Estuary Oyster Highway is employing novel substrates and approaches to restore oyster populations in critical coastal waters. Through research and public engagement, we are attempting to improve water quality and bottom habitat in the New River Estuary, while also providing findings that can be exported to help restore oyster reef cover and function in other estuaries throughout the region."

-- Dr. F. Fodrie, Associate Professor, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

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The Water Resource Fund from Duke Energy is a multiyear, $10 million commitment to protect and restore waterways in the Carolinas and neighboring states. Learn more about the projects we’ve supported, and how you can get involved.