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New Oyster Project Funded through NOAA

Rebecca Ruiz.  Photo courtesy of Sophie Mallinson, WUNC.

The NC State University Center for Marine Sciences and Technology (CMAST), is collaborating with the NC Coastal Federation and the NC Central University to build oyster sanctuaries while increasing diversity in the field of marine sciences.  The $14.9 million grant project, titled, “Completing the Pamlico Sound Oyster Sanctuary and Training the Next Generation of Restoration Professionals,” is funded by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).  The project will assist NC State and NC Central universities in providing hands-on opportunities for underrepresented students in the marine sciences.  Dr. David Eggleston, CMAST director and professor, says about $1.2 million of the overall grant funds will support four NC State graduate students in the program over a three-year period, plus an additional three undergraduate students every summer.  To read the full article, click HERE.