Hatchery-Based Oyster Restoration
State of Louisiana
DWH Project Funding
Known Leveraged Funding
Natural Resource Damage Assessment Trustees (NRDA)
Natural Resource Damage Assessment NRDA
This project will provide up to 10 years of operational funds for the Michael C. Voisin Oyster Hatchery in Grand Isle, Louisiana and support deployment monitoring of hatchery-produced larvae and spat. Construction of the hatchery began in 2013 and was completed in 2015. The facility is jointly operated by Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) and Louisiana State University (LSU) to produce oysters for use in rehabilitating public oyster areas (POA). This project will contribute to the enhancement of natural oyster reefs and increased oyster abundance which may provide some ecosystem services that result from high oyster abundance, such as reduction in shoreline erosion, improved water quality, increased biodiversity of reef-dependent organisms, and recycling of nutrients.
For official trustee information regarding the Deepwater Horizon NRDA, including information regarding the NRDA process and the status of projects, see https://www.gulfspillrestoration.noaa.gov/