“The tidal creeks of the Smith Island complex, including Bald Head Creek, are full of healthy oysters," says Darrow. “However, Bald Head Creek is currently closed to oyster harvest due to past water quality concerns. The Conservancy has been monitoring nutrients and bacteria for the past three years to attempt to understand what factors impact creek water quality.”
Darrow will speak on oyster’s positive impacts to estuaries such as “providing habitat for a variety of animals, protecting shorelines and marshes, and reducing erosion.” She will also expand upon the Conservancy’s two oyster programs, shell recycling and oyster reef restoration, both of which rely on the island’s volunteers.
This free event will also be a fundraising opportunity, for every Oysterman Stout sold that evening, $1 will go towards the Conservancy. We hope you join us for a fun informative night at Wrightsville Beach Brewery, for more information email Melissa Blackmon at /Blog/297920/Conservancy-Conversations-Wilmington-2019
For information on how to volunteer for our oyster programs, email Emma at /Blog/297920/Conservancy-Conversations-Wilmington-2019