Oyster Restoration Workgroup

“Oyster Habitat Restoration Monitoring and Assessment Handbook” Now Available
Baggett et al. 2014 coverThe Handbook developed by a group with experience on issues related to oyster restoration from Atlantic, Pacific, and Gulf of Mexico (U.S.) states is now available. It includes a set of standardized monitoring approaches to quantify oyster restoration-related metrics. Its ultimate goal is to allow for more rigorous comparisons among areas and projects. The monitoring metrics and performance criteria were designed to address both the Eastern oyster, Crassostrea virginica, and more generally the Olympia oyster, Ostrea lurida. For additional information, see the drop-down items under the Restoration Practices menu item at the top of this page. For the pdf click here. For a hard copy contact Boze Hancock (bhancock@TNC.ORG) at TNC.
The citation is: Baggett, L.P., S.P. Powers, R. Brumbaugh, L.D. Coen, B. DeAngelis, J. Green, B. Hancock, and S. Morlock, 2014. Oyster habitat restoration monitoring and assessment handbook. The Nature Conservancy, Arlington, VA, USA, 96pp.
Status and Trends of US Wetlands in the Coastal Watersheds: 2004 to 2009
wetlandsDahl, T.E., and S.M. Stedman, 2013. Status and trends of wetlands in the coastal watersheds of the Conterminous United States 2004 to 2009. U.S. Department of the Interior, FWS and NOAA, NMFS, 46pp.

The United States is losing more than 80,000 acres of coastal wetlands each year, according to a report released by the FWS and NOAA, assessing coastal wetlands along the Atlantic, Pacific, Gulf, and Great Lakes coasts from 2004 to 2009.
Federal report: Rapid loss of coastal wetlands harming important waterfowl areas

In recognition of the importance of oyster reefs to overall coastal ecosystem functions, large- and small-scale restoration of oyster reef habitats is ongoing in most coastal

Restoration Efforts

View an interactive map of global oyster restoration efforts.

Join the Oyster Restoration Workgroup
By joining the Oyster Restoration Workgroup we hope that your participation will help to increase professional contacts, facilitate interactions among disciplinary (e.g., municipal planners and research scientists) and geographically disparate groups, and ultimately develop new or unique networks of individuals interested in oyster reef restoration and related topics.

Recent and Upcoming Events & Conferences

Theme: Restoration in an Ever-Changing World, Dec. 10-13, 2014

Living shorelines will be a highlight at the Summit 2014: Inspiring Action, Creating Resilience, which will be November 1-6, 2014 in the DC area. Submittals are now being accepted

Restore America’s Estuaries and The Coastal Society are collaborating to present the first ever National Summit bringing together restoration and coastal management communities …

NSA 106th Annual Meeting Jacksonville, Florida, USA March 29 – April 2, 2014 (early program)

The 43rd Annual Benthic Ecology Meeting was held in Jacksonville, Florida on the campus of the University of North Florida from March 19-22, 2014.