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Albemarle-Pamlico National Estuary Partnership - North Carolina Oyster Blueprint

Albemarle-Pamlico National Estuary Partnership

North Carolina Oyster Blueprint

APNEP has partnered with a diverse group of people involved in growing, harvesting, studying, managing and eating oysters to protect and restore North Carolina's oyster habitats and fishery. The Oyster Restoration and Protection Plan for North Carolina: A Blueprint for Action 2015-2020 provides current and future stakeholders with cohesive direction and guidance that allows them to come together as a united force to implement restoration, management and economic development strategies to produce tangible benefits to the environment and economy.  

For more information, please visit the new website launched to serve as the state’s clearinghouse for oyster restoration and preservation efforts: www.ncoysters.org

These efforts are integrated with APNEP’s Oyster Action Team.  APNEP’s oyster-related CCMP actions are as follows:

· Action C5.1: Construct new oyster habitats. 

· Action C5.2: Reduce the adverse impacts of harvests to existing oyster habitat. 

· Action C5.3: Facilitate research to improve oyster restoration technologies and methods. 

·Action D3.1: Develop and implement a strategy to improve decision-makers' understanding of the costs and benefits of environmental protection, restoration, planning, and monitoring.

Recent accomplishments include the release of the report "Economic Analysis of the Costs and Benefits of Restoration and Enhancement of Shellfish Habitat and Oyster Propagation in North Carolina" by RTI International.  The report highlights the coastal habitat enhancement programs managed by our partner, the N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries: the Shellfish Rehabilitation Program, Oyster Sanctuary Program and Artificial Reef Program.  RTI conducted a cost-benefit analysis which demonstrated that every $1 invested in the coastal habitat enhancement programs yields $4 in benefits.  For more information, please read the press release and download the report below:  

      Press release | Full report

CCMP actions: C5.1, C5.2, C5.3

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