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Hatchery-Based Oyster Restoration

Implementing Organization

State of Louisiana

Overview

DWH Project Funding

$5,850,000

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

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.

Contact

Brady Carter
(985) 594-4130
bcarter@wlk.la.gov
Project Website
Project Partners

None

Affiliated Institutions

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/

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