DNR works to restore oyster reef

Published: Apr. 26, 2013 at 5:50 PM EDT|Updated: May. 26, 2013 at 5:52 PM EDT
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TYBEE ISLAND, GA (WTOC) - Anyone who has been out to Tybee Island this week may have seen helicopters flying back and forth from Fort Pulaski.

All this week the Georgia Department of Natural Resources is working to restore an oyster reef near the fort. They are hauling in 22 tons of recycled oyster shells to bolster the reef that's already there. The DNR  said they are aiming to restore at least one reef like this per year.

"Oyster reefs in Georgia are known as an a central fish habitat, what that means is the keystone species, when oyster reefs are present, they're bringing in a lot of fishes and aquatic intertebrents to the location to really boost fishing and to produce habitat productivity in this area," said Jan Mackinnon, biologist for the DNR's Natural Resources Coastal Division.

The transfer of shells by helicopter will hopefully be completed Friday. However, they expect to take another two weeks to finish placing them on the reef.

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