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Grady-White Supporting Nature Conservancy Oyster Reef Work

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With the leadership of Eddie Smith and the resources of Grady-White and the Smith Family Foundation, contributions to the North Carolina Nature Conservancy have been made towards the conservation and enhancement of oyster reefs. These efforts are paying huge dividends in creating and maintaining sustainable oyster and shellfish habitat, and important fin fish nursery areas, as well as being an important safeguard against shoreline storm erosion. In fact, reef enhancement near the Bell Island pier near Swanquarter, NC, has significantly slowed shoreline erosion and contributed to new marsh and habitat build-up behind the reef.

“The Smith family has a desire for people who own Grady-White boats to enjoy treasured adventures on clean water with family and friends,” says Geri Lassiter, who works with the Eddie and Jo Allison Smith Family Foundation and Grady-White. “Protecting beautiful places...for future generations to enjoy–just as they have–is a priority for us. It’s a win-win-win if we can assist with the restoration of oysters, help clean the waters, and create jobs all at the same time.” 

Oysters unquestionably are an important component of clean coastal waters. One oyster can filter and clean up to 50 gallons of water per day. Clean coastal waters are healthy for boaters, swimmers, fishermen, and all forms of sea life.

Grady-White and the Smith Family Foundation value the North Carolina Nature Conservancy as a partner, and aim to continue to support projects that protect waterways, bring in other partners, and conserve habitats for residents, visitors, and especially recreational boaters to enjoy far into the future.