CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCBD) – Lowcountry paddlers and conservationists made it their mission to save the sea bird sanctuary on Crab Bank Sunday.
The Coastal Conservation League, Coastal Expeditions, Congressman Mark Sanford, sponsoring outfitters, conservation partners and many paddlers came together to inspire the community and neighbors to save the seabird sanctuary.
Congressman Sanford led the paddle out to Crab Bank. This is an island at the mouth of Shem Creek on the Charleston Harbor. Conservationists say the area is vital to the survival of at least 15 species of birds including; brown pelicans, skimmers, terns and oystercatchers.
Conservationists say the Crab Bank has eroded to just a one-acre spit, so they are rebuilding the bank using sand dredged from the Charleston Harbor deepening project.The group says restoring Crab Bank will require $1.5 million in local matching funds by December if they do not act quickly.