Over 30 Cane Bay High students visited James Island to take part in South Carolina Department of Natural Resources's South Carolina Oyster Recycling and Enhancement (SCORE) program. Since 2017, over 100 students from Kirk Richter’s Environmental and Natural Resources Management program have planted salt marsh grass and put out bundles of oyster shells to restore South Carolina’s coastline.
Oysters are critical to South Carolina’s ecology, economy and culture. Furthermore, oyster shells are the best resource to sustain oyster populations. Recycled shells are placed back onto the shoreline either during large scale plantings or volunteer-based oyster reef builds. Salt marsh grass is planted just above the recycled oyster shells to prevent further habitat loss.
On this trip to the coast, students planted over 600 salt marsh grass seedlings, some of which were propagated by students at the school's greenhouse, and placed over 11,000 pounds of recycled oyster shells. Everyone is already looking forward to coming back next year!