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Galveston Bay Sustainable Oyster Reef Restoration

Implementing Organization

The Nature Conservancy of Texas

Overview

DWH Project Funding

$2,500,000

Known Leveraged Funding

$0

Funding Organization

National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF)

Funding Program

NFWF Gulf Environmental Benefit Fund (GEBF)

Details

Project Category

Environmental

Project Actions

Habitat Restoration and Enhancement

Targeted Resources

Oysters/Reefs

Project Description

This project will restore 40 acres of degraded oyster reef habitat in the upper portion of Galveston Bay using high vertical relief structures and segmented reef complexes. Recent hurricanes devastated these critical oyster grounds which are vital to the Galveston Bay ecosystem. Additionally, this project will create one of the largest oyster sanctuaries in coastal Texas. The 15 acres restricted to harvest will be used to maximize the export of oyster larvae to the nearby 25 acres of commercial reefs created by this investment. The commercially harvestable acres will be restricted from harvest for the first two years after construction to ensure the establishment of a sustainable stock.

Contact

Mark Dumesnil
361-687-2208
mark_dumesnil@tnc.org
Project Website
Project Partners

Galveston Bay Foundation, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department

Affiliated Institutions

None

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