Why does the IMS shoreline need to be restored? Because…
1) It currently looks like this:
2) We are supposed to be stewards of the coast and we are not setting a good example with our rip-rap revetment.
3) To improve fish habitat and sequester carbon. The project is funded by the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Energy Services Department. UNC has pledged to reach carbon neutrality by mid-century. They will take credit for carbon offsets associated with the saltmarsh and oyster reefs we are planting. This is another example of IMS faculty working together. The effort is led by the Rodriguez, Fodrie, and Piehler labs. Stay tuned for project updates.