South Carolina Oyster Restoration and Enhancement
South Carolina Department of Natural Resources

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Restoration Sites

Oyster reefs have been constructed at more than 100 sites as part of the SCORE program since May 2001! The sites span 200 miles of coastline from Murrell's Inlet to Hilton Head,South Carolina. All of the reefs were constructed by community volunteers working under the direction of the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources (SCDNR). Accomplishments to date include the following:

  • More than 80,000 volunteer hours donated by more than 36,000 individuals
  • Recycled and bagged over 100,000 bushels of oyster shell
  • Returned more than 1,800 tons of oyster shell to the local waters by constructing more than 4 acres of oyster habitat
  • Teams of trained volunteers monitor water quality at many restoration sites
  • More than 4500 students have grown and transplanted marsh grass
  • Marsh grass is filling in behind many SCORE reefs
  • In 2013 SCORE received a Captain Pride award from Charleston County‚Äôs Community Pride, INC
  • SCORE received the prestigious Coastal America Partnership Award in 2004.

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