Employing Sound Science and Stakeholder Engagement for Resilient Oyster Restoration and Sustainability
Restoring and managing oyster habitat is an integral component of coastal and ecosystem resiliency. It is also important for restoring fisheries reliant on healthy oyster reefs. Oyster restoration is done for a multitude of purposes, such as stabilizing shorelines, enhancing oyster fishery production, and creating fish habitat. Restoration projects involve a variety of approaches depending on objectives and available resources, ranging from replacing substrate on existing or new reef area to more comprehensive ecosystem methods using models and sophisticated experimentation. Employing best scientific practices tailored to these varied objectives can better ensure long-term success and durability. Additionally, scientific design may be improved by actively engaging community stakeholders in the science, planning and implementation of these projects. This session will draw from approaches to large-scale oyster habitat restoration from several regions across the U.S. and provide an overview of successful restoration strategies that promote ecosystem services and resiliency. The session will highlight and evaluate the scientific tools and practices used, such as sanctuary reefs, broodstock networks, habitat enhancement, with a focus on sharing examples of best scientific and stakeholder engagement practices.
Coastal Ecological Restoration – Shellfish