12-2: Suwannee Sound / Cedar Key Oyster Restoration
DWH Project Funding
Known Leveraged Funding
Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council
The RESTORE Act Funds Bucket 3: Spill Impact Component
Habitat Restoration and Enhancement
Levy County is committed to allocating $2 million to the Suwannee Sound / Cedar Key Oyster Restoration Project. The Cedar Key Oystermen’s Association will act as the subcontractor to restore oyster reef habitat and oyster resources in Suwannee Sound, Cedar Key, and Waccasassa Bay using a combination of proven restoration techniques. The project involves the planning, permitting, and placement of reef building substrate and live oyster seed on depleted oyster reefs, which will provide suitable habitat for oyster recruitment, accelerate oyster resource recovery, support a sustainable oyster fishery; and contribute to the economic revitalization of coastal fishing communities. Additionally, this project supports the long-term monitoring of established oyster reefs.