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Enhancing Oyster Recovery Using Brood Reefs

Implementing Organization

State of Louisiana


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Known Leveraged Funding


Funding Organization

Natural Resource Damage Assessment Trustees (NRDA)

Funding Program

Natural Resource Damage Assessment NRDA


Project Category


Project Actions

Species Restoration

Targeted Resources


Project Description

The project will construct multiple brood reefs east of the Mississippi River, including four in the Lake Machais/Mozambique Point and Petit Pass/Bay Boudreaux area. The project will programmatically plan for inclusion of additional brood reefs in areas with preexisting reefs and suitable hydrologic conditions. This may include public oyster seed grounds or public oyster seed reservations in Chandeleur Sound, and areas potentially within the footprints of other public oyster seed grounds or public oyster seed reservations in the future. The objective of the brood reef oyster restoration is to increase spawning oyster populations and offset impacts resulting from exposure to Deepwater Horizon oil, dispersant, and response activities by constructing a network of spawning stock oyster reefs.


Carolina Bourque
(337) 735-8726
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