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Sustainability and Restoration of Oyster Reef Habitat in Mississippi Sound: A Larval Transport and Recruitment Approach

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The University of Southern Mississippi/Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality (MS DEQ)


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The U.S. Department of Treasury

Funding Program

The RESTORE Act Funds Bucket 5: Centers of Excellence Research Grant Program


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Environmental Research

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Project Description

The four Mississippi Sound-based project components for this project consist of: 1) an investigation of oyster recruitment that contrasts viability of wild vs. cultured oyster spat at both restored and control reefs; 2) benthic habitat mapping surveys that characterize sub-bottom structure and resolve seasonal evolution of oyster reef volume; 3) CODAR-observed hourly-resolved surface circulation over oyster beds of interest at 1 km resolution; and 4) application of a suite of interlinked models to investigate interactive impacts of hydrodynamic processes and environmental stressors on transport and recruitment of oyster larvae and the overall productivity of oyster beds.


Jerry Wiggert
(228) 688-3491
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