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Oyster Grow-Out and Restoration Reef Placement

Implementing Organization

State of Alabama

Overview

DWH Project Funding

$962,370

Known Leveraged Funding

$0

Funding Organization

Natural Resource Damage Assessment Trustees (NRDA)

Funding Program

Natural Resource Damage Assessment (NRDA)

Details

Project Category

Environmental

Project Actions

Species Restoration

Targeted Resources

Oysters/Reefs

Project Description

The project will create up to three ?off-bottom oyster grow-out areas? in Grand Bay, Portersville Bay, and Bon Secour Bay. The project will be conducted by Alabama Cooperative Extension System (ACES) in coordination with its other oyster gardening activities. The project will also identify and establish priorities for locating future restoration reefs, including nearshore living shorelines and intertidal reefs. Project success will also be monitored in terms of oyster survival and reproduction at both the grow-out areas and restoration sites in order to determine effectiveness of these techniques in increasing the sustainability of oyster populations in Alabama. This project will build on other efforts such as Alabama Coastal Foundation's (ACF) Oyster Shell Recycling Program and the Mobile Bay Oyster Gardening effort, which recently received approval to expand into Little Lagoon. In addition, the project will extend investigations similar to the recently completed project funded by the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation-Gulf Environmental Benefit Fund, that demonstrated plantings of advanced stock-sized oysters in Mobile Bay and Mississippi Sound can potentially reduce aggressive predation by oyster drills. Monitoring will be conducted for the five-year duration of the project to determine its effectiveness and support adaptive management activities.

Contact

Amy Hunter
(251) 621-1216
Amy.Hunter@dcnr.alabama.gov
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Project Partners

None

Affiliated Institutions

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