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Parish St. oyster reef to protect shoreline

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HOPEDALE, La. (AP) - A partnership among a business, the state and a nonprofit conservation organization is helping protect a part of St. Bernard Parish's shoreline through the construction of an oyster reef.

Using an engineered system of interlocking circles made of marine-grade cement, The Advocate reports (http://bit.ly/T6zcz9) the artificial reef is meant to serve as a base for young oysters to land and start building their shells. The goal is for the structure to be built upon by generations of oysters, creating - over time - more natural reefs.

The project is funded through a $400,000 grant from the state Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority and $160,000 from Chevron awarded to the Nature Conservancy.

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