Dr. Niels Lindquist is a UNC marine sciences researcher who has teamed up with a Carteret County NC commercial fisherman by the name David “Clammerhead” Cessna to form a new business called Sandbar Oyster Company who’s goal is to use new innovative technology and thinking to prevent shoreline erosion and to bolster new perspectives on oyster growing in an environmentally friendly way that protects natural ecosystems. According to Dr. Lindquist, this new technology and perspective will help to create a living shoreline.
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Sandbar Oyster Company is centered around producing biodegradable, cement based substrate to grow oysters, fight erosion, and to create nature shorelines.
In our research, we found where Dr. Lindquist was given N.C. Sea Grant funding to find new ways to restore oyster populations after Hurricane Florence devastated the natural ecosystems they grow in.
In thinking about the future of this new technology, David Cessna (Clammerhead) was recruited to Dr. Lindquist because of his and his family’s history as commercial fishermen in the area of oyster harvesting.
Both men have received financial funding from UNC and NC IDEA to put together a team of graduate students and other researchers to develop a product called “oyster catcher” which is made from the biodegradable substrate.
The idea is to place this oyster catcher substrate along shorelines where oysters grow, allow them the opportunity to grow and produce their yield, and then exit the environment (or remain in the environment) in a environmentally friendly way.
Think of this new environment as a biodegradable hardscape by which oyster larvae can attach to more easily, and can also be used to create and restore estuarine habitats like saltmarsh meadows. Again, in our research, there is some evidence that this new oyster catcher substrate can also help to grow oysters faster.
Currently, there is a living shoreline created by this new technology at the N.C. Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores which was helped by funding from the N.C. Coastal Federation and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
Lindquist and Cessna already have their sights set on new projects such as a shoreline stabilization project on Sugarloaf Island in Morehead City and projects where residents and businesses are threatened by shoreline erosion.
To learn more about the Sandbar Oyster Company, this new technology, to inquire about funding this new perspective in fighting erosion, or to volunteer, please email niels [[AT]] sandbaroystercompany [[DOT]]com.
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Additionally, we are going to contact Dr. Lindquist and David Clammerhead Cessna to get some pictures and video of this project, so please check back.