Construction progresses on Swan Island Oyster Sanctuary


MOREHEAD CITY, N.C. (WNCT) — Did you know that a single oyster filters about thirty five gallons of water per day?

The Crystal Coast will soon be home to about 40 million oysters helping to filter the water.

The Swan Island Oyster Sanctuary in Morehead City at the mouth of the Neuse River is going into its second year of construction.

Oyster biologist Kaitlin Deaeth said the Swan Island Sanctuary and other surrounding sanctuaries will help to protect oysters so they can reproduce.

“We’re hoping to recruit oysters,” said Deaeth, “and keep them, protect them, allow them to grow, produce larvae. And then that will kind of go through the circle in the other oyster sanctuaries and provide a means and habitat for oysters to grow.”

In total, more than 50 million pounds of granite rock will be used in the sanctuary.

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