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Florida Oyster Cultch Placement Project

Implementing Organization

State of Florida

Overview

DWH Project Funding

$5,370,596

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 enhanced and improved the oyster populations in Pensacola Bay, St. Andrews Bay, and Apalachicola Bay. The improvements included the placement of an estimated total of 42,000 cubic yards of suitable cultch material over approximately 210 acres of previously constructed oyster bars for the settling of native oyster larvae and oyster colonization in three Florida bays. The final sizes and locations for cultch placement were based on environmental conditions within each bay system prior to deployment. Project designs, locations, and the timing of cultch deployment was selected to maximize successful oyster spat settlement and survival.

Contact

Jim Reynolds
(850) 245-2814
James.Reynolds@floridadep.gov
Project Website
Project Partners

None

Affiliated Institutions

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