Apalachicola Bay Oyster Restoration (Implementation)
DWH Project Funding
Known Leveraged Funding
Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council
The RESTORE Act Funds Bucket 2: Comprehensive Plan
Habitat Restoration and Enhancement
Oyster reefs are important to Apalachicola Bay's future; Beck et al. (2011) estimated that 85% of oyster reefs have been lost globally, with Apalachicola Bay being one area with significant remaining reefs (Beck et al. 2011). Therefore, placing substrate or "cultch" in bays where natural reproduction occurs, is among the most effective technique used to: 1) create reef infrastructure, 2) stimulate spat setting, 3) sustain oyster fisheries, 4) enhance community functions, 5) increase natural productivity, and 6) accelerate the recovery process. The objective of this activity is to extend the Deepwater Horizon Natural Resource Damage Assessment Early Restoration Phase III oyster cultch project by completing all applicable environmental compliance and permitting to restore approximately 219 additional acres of natural oyster reefs through the addition of approximately 43,858 cubic yards of cultch material.
This is an expansion of a NRDA Early Restoration III Project