SPAT: Shellfish Portfolio Assessment Tool

Project Overview

Implementing Organization
Mississippi State University

DWH Project Funding


Known Leveraged Funding


Funding Organization

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)

Funding Program

The RESTORE Act Funds Bucket 4: NOAA RESTORE Act Science Program

Project Location: Mississippi

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

Project Details

Project Category

Project Actions

Monitoring and Observations

Targeted Resources


Project Description

The State of Mississippi has established an ambitious goal to produce one million sacks of oysters per year and to increase the ecological and economic benefits to the state from healthy and productive natural oyster reefs and farms. This project draws on knowledge from economics, ecology, marine extension, and resource management to design, test, and put into use a decision support tool to optimize the restoration and use of oyster resources in the State of Mississippi. Their approach recognizes that oysters provide a number of ecological and economic benefits and decisions about their management are most informed when the entire suite of benefits is considered. The team will begin by determining the type and extent of benefits delivered by three distinct oyster cultivation practices – restored oyster reefs, traditional shell plantings, and off-bottom oyster farms – and assign a monetary value to both their market and non-market benefits. They will then develop budgets of construction and maintenance costs for restored reefs, plantings, and farms. Finally, the team will work in conjunction with the Mississippi Department of Marine Resources to develop and test a decision support tool that directs the user through multiple criteria to select the portfolio of oyster cultivation practices that minimizes downside risk while maximizing benefits.

Project Contact

Project Partners

Mississippi Department of Marine Resources

Affiliated Institutions

Auburn University, Dauphin Island Sea Lab

Project ID: 640
Project Name: SPAT: Shellfish Portfolio Assessment Tool
SourceUID: 0
Latitude: 33.45573545
Longitude: -88.78803458
Country: United States of America
State or Province: Mississippi
County: Oktibbeha
Project Category: Science
Project Action: Monitoring and Observations
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: Mississippi State University
Implementing Organization Type: Academic
Point of Contact – Name: Daniel R. Petrolia
Point of Contact – Phone:
Point of Contact – Email: None
Other Partners: Mississippi Department of Marine Resources
Affiliated Institutions: Auburn University, Dauphin Island Sea Lab
Project Comments: None
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: 0
Restoration Mileage: 0
Restoration Feet: 0
Additional Acreage: None
Total Dollar Amount (from all funders): 590143
DWH Funder: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
DWH Funder Type: Federal
DWH Funding Program: The RESTORE Act Funds Bucket 4: NOAA RESTORE Act Science Program
DWH Dollar Amount : 590143
DWH Source: Transocean
Fund Origin: Civil Settlement
Controlling Documents: The RESTORE Act
Award Year: 2017
Award Month: 6
Total Amount Leveraged: 0