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Oyster hatchery program produces millions

NORTH CAROLINA - Millions of baby oysters hatched at Carteret Community College&#39;s newly remodeled aquaculture facility are on their way to the wild.</b> <br><br> The three-week-old larval oysters were delivered to a nursery area run by the N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries earlier this week. <br><br> This cooperative effort to replenish North Carolina&#39;s native oyster population is funded through the N.C. Oyster Hatchery Program, spearheaded by the North Carolina Aquariums. <br><br> Adult male and female oysters were collected from the wild and transported to the hatchery, which is part of the Aquaculture Technology Program at Carteret Community College. <br><br> By manipulating water temperature, hatchery technicians encouraged the oysters to reproduce in an artificial environment. For two weeks, the young oysters were fed algae grown at the facility. <br><br> Last week, the larval oysters developed a &quot;foot,&quot; meaning they were ready to move to outdoor tanks loaded with recycled oyster shells. The foot will attach to the recycled shell and, after seven to 10 days, the &quot;seeded&quot; shell will be removed from the tanks and placed in sanctuaries established by the N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries. <br><br> <i>Source: The Outer Banks Sentinel</i>

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