Interested in scientific research and becoming a Citizen Scientist? The Oyster Spat Monitoring project is looking for volunteers! The Statewide Oyster Spat Monitoring (OSM) project is a volunteerā€based environmental monitoring project established by the UNCW Benthic Ecology Laboratory in 2007. The objective of this project is to collect oyster larvae settlement data throughout coastal NC in order to increase oyster populations! *Please note, our volunteer citizen scientists for OSM are required to have legal access to a dock or suitable location, such as private marsh access, and are asked to collect data for 12 months.