Florida Oyster Cultch Placement Project
State of Florida
DWH Project Funding
Known Leveraged Funding
Natural Resource Damage Assessment Trustees (NRDA)
Natural Resource Damage Assessment NRDA
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.