Apalachicola Bay Oyster Restoration (Implementation)

Project Overview

Implementing Organization
State of Florida

DWH Project Funding


Known Leveraged Funding


Funding Organization

Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council

Funding Program

The RESTORE Act Funds Bucket 2: Comprehensive Plan

Project Location: Florida

Funding Source: Transocean and Anadarko
Controlling Document: The RESTORE Act
Year Awarded: 2017

Project Details

Project Category

Project Actions

Habitat Restoration and Enhancement

Targeted Resources

Oysters / Reefs

Project Description

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.

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Project ID: 609
Project Name: Apalachicola Bay Oyster Restoration (Implementation)
SourceUID: EGID39
Latitude: 29.69454557
Longitude: -84.91837873
Country: United States of America
State or Province: Florida
County: Franklin
Project Category: Environmental
Project Action: Habitat Restoration and Enhancement
Additional Project Action(s):
Additional Project Action(s):
Targeted Resource(s): Oysters / Reefs
Targeted Resource(s):
Targeted Resource(s):
Anticipated Project Completion Year: 2020
Implementing Organization: State of Florida
Implementing Organization Type: State
Point of Contact – Name: None
Point of Contact – Phone: None
Point of Contact – Email: None
Other Partners: None
Affiliated Institutions: None
Link: https://www.restorethegulf.gov/sites/default/files/FPL_forDec9Vote_Errata_04-07-2016.pdf#page=165
Project Comments: This is an expansion of a NRDA Early Restoration III Project
Acres Acquired: 0
Close Year: 0
Close Month: 0
Close day: 0
Purchase Type: None
Landowner: None
Landowner Type: None
Purpose: None
Public Access: None
Easement Holder Name : None
Easement Holder Type: None
Secondary Easement Holder 1: None
Secondary Easement Holder 2: None
Duration: None
Term: 0
Land Restoration Acreage: 0
Aquatic Restoration Acreage: 219
Restoration Mileage: 0
Restoration Feet: 0
Additional Acreage: None
Total Dollar Amount (from all funders): 4680000
DWH Funder: Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council
DWH Funder Type: Consortium
DWH Funding Program: The RESTORE Act Funds Bucket 2: Comprehensive Plan
DWH Dollar Amount : 4680000
DWH Source: Transocean and Anadarko
Fund Origin: Civil Settlement
Controlling Documents: The RESTORE Act
Award Year: 2017
Award Month: 5
Total Amount Leveraged: 0