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Oyster Restoration Research

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University of Florida Oyster Restoration Experiment fact sheet (pdf)

2016 Update: Oyster Restoration Research Proceeds in Apalachicola Bay  (pdf)

The University of Florida Oyster Recovery Team conducted research to identify factors affecting recovery of the Apalachicola Bay oyster fishery after its catastrophic collapse in fall 2012. Adequate freshwater flow from the Apalachicola River into the bay was identified as a primary driver that helps to maintain the mid-range salinity levels that foster oyster growth and productivity, and deter predators, pathogens and parasites. Also critical to sustaining the oyster resource is:

  • The physical stability of oyster reefs over time in order to provide needed substrate for oyster larvae to settle on as spat and grow into adult oysters, and
  • Sustainable harvesting practices.

The recovery team’s report also indicated that reshelling of 1,000 acres of reef with substantially limited harvest would be required to stabilize and begin to re-establish the reefs.

The goal of this research project is to optimize restoration and management approaches to support the seafood industry in the long term. Download this fact sheet for complete project details.

A project description from the funding agency, the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, is also available at this link.

Project Leads

Karl Havens, project manager
352-392-5870 office
352-284-8558 cell
khavens@ufl.edu

Andy Kane, chief scientist
352-213-8407 cell
kane@ufl.edu

Angela Lindsey, outreach coordinator
352-273-3552 office
904-509-3518 cell
ablindsey@ufl.edu

Erik Lovestrand, UF/IFAS Extension, Franklin County
850-653-9337 office
850-766-8929 cell
elovestrand@ufl.edu

Funding

This project is funded by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, under a grant from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation. A project description is available at this link.

Events

2017 Update

May 1, 2017 5-6 pm
Apalachicola Community Center
Meeting Notice (pdf)

Scientists from the University of Florida, and resource managers from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services will provide an update regarding the five‐year experimental research project that is happening in Apalachicola Bay. This is a project funded by the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation. The project aims to identify an optimal foundation for future oyster reef restoration projects, in order to support a long‐term sustainable oyster industry in the region.

All interested persons from the community are invited to attend.

Meeting Contact: Erik Lovestrand, UF/IFAS Franklin County Extension Director, elovestrand@ufl.edu  (850) 653-9337

 


2016 Update: Oyster Restoration Research Proceeds in Apalachicola Bay Meeting Handout (pdf) 

November 15, 2016  5-6 pm
Apalachicola Community Center
Meeting Notice (pdf)

Scientists from the University of Florida, and resource managers from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services will provide an update regarding the experimental research project that is on-going in Apalachicola Bay. This five-year project is being funded through the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation.
The project is examining oyster health, productivity, reef structure and water quality to support the Bay’s oyster industry in the long-term.
All interested persons from the community are encouraged to attend.

Meeting Contact: Erik Lovestrand, UF/IFAS Franklin County Extension Director, elovestrand@ufl.edu  (850) 653-9337

 


July 27, 2015  6-6:30 pm
Apalachicola Community Center
Meeting Notice (pdf)

Scientists from the University of Florida, and resource managers from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services will provide an update regarding the five‐year experimental research project that is happening in Apalachicola Bay. This is a project funded by the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation. The project aims to identify an optimal foundation for future oyster reef restoration projects, in order to support a long‐term sustainable oyster industry in the region.

All interested persons from the community are invited to attend.

Meeting Contact: Erik Lovestrand, UF/IFAS Franklin County Extension Director, elovestrand@ufl.edu  (850) 653-9337

 


April 18, 2016  5 p.m.
Meeting Notice (pdf)

The Seafood Management Assistance Resource & Recovery Team (SMARRT)  will sponsor a Public Workshop at the Apalachicola Community Center on Monday, April 18, 2016 5 pm to discuss Apalachicola Bay management.  Staff from various management agencies and faculty from the University of Florida will be on hand to answer questions and discuss various bay management strategies, as well as progress thus far with ongoing bay restoration research efforts.

Meeting Contact: Erik Lovestrand, UF/IFAS Franklin County Extension Director, elovestrand@ufl.edu  (850) 653-9337

Permanent link to this article: http://franklin.ifas.ufl.edu/oyster-restoration-research/