Your Crystal Coast Waterkeeper, Larry Baldwin, has been assisting oyster growing projects at Down East Mariculture Supply Co. Oysters are nature’s water filters. Each one filters up to 50 gallons per day! You can help support water quality with volunteer opportunities at Down East Mariculture.

Volunteers are needed Monday 6/15 to help load oyster shells into tanks for about 1.5-2 hours. Old clothes and work gloves preferred. Please wear a mask. Meet at Down East Mariculture 586 Highway 70, Williston 28579 at 8:30 am on Monday.

Contact Larry Baldwin for registration and/or questions: (252) 670-1413

It’s Farm Friday! Farm Friday is an initiative by Coastal Carolina Riverwatch to promote small farmers in our watersheds. Supporting local farmers reduces our ecological footprints, protects water quality, and benefits our community. This week, we are highlighting a different kind of farm, Oysters Carolina!

Oysters Carolina is dedicated to providing the people of North Carolina with the freshest shellfish in the state. They also have taken major steps toward sustainability. Oysters Carolina uses kayaks to reach their farms rather than gas-fueled boats. They don’t use a davit – or any other mechanical contraption – to lift the hefty oyster cages; only arm strength. Steps are taken to reduce plastic in their operations as well. 

Coastal Carolina Riverwatch is proud to have Ryan Bethea of Oysters Carolina on our Board of Directors. 

“As an oyster farmer, water quality is the most important thing for my business. Protecting clean water and habitats is why I dedicate my time to Coastal Carolina Riverwatch.”  
– Ryan Bethea, Board of Directors, Owner of Oysters Carolina

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June 16th is World Sea Turtle Day! Join our friends at Turtle Trash Collectors for a virtual children’s program to learn more about sea turtles and how you can help them. Register here







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