JACKSONVILLE, N.C. (AP) -- A grant of about $45,000 will go toward finding new uses for lost and abandoned crab pots.
The Daily News of Jacksonville reported that the Albemarle-Pamlico National Estuary Program is providing grants of more than $136,000 for three projects along coastal North Carolina, including the crab pots.
Researchers from the UNC Institute of Marine Sciences in Morehead City will recycle crab pots to create oyster reefs in North Carolina's low-salinity tidal creeks. The project will use crab pots recovered by the N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries.
The North Carolina Coastal Federation received about $16,000 to naturally restore and protect the eroding shoreline at Jockey's Ridge State Park. The Nature Conservancy was awarded $74,500 for a hydrological restoration project at Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge and the Great Dismal Swamp.