Oyster Restoration Workgroup


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

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

23rd Biennial Conference, 8-12 Nov. 2015, Portland, OR www.erf.org

5th World Oyster Society (WOS) North American Oyster Symposium, meets October 21-23, 2015 in Cape Cod, Falmouth, MA (see http://oystersymposium.org/).

107th Annual Meeting, Monterey Bay, CA March 22 – 26, 2015 Special sessions include: bivalve impacts on eutrophication (L. Kellogg), calification (A. Mount), climate change/ocean acidification

A day and a half summit with a legislative reception to explore innovative strategies to restore oysters and oyster habitat in N.C.

“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. Greene, B. Hancock, and S. Morlock, 2014. Oyster habitat restoration monitoring and assessment handbook. The Nature Conservancy, Arlington, VA, USA, 96pp.
A Guide to Olympia Oyster Restoration and Conservation
Cover page 2014 Olympia manualIdentifies key environmental conditions affecting Olympia oysters (Ostrea lurida) in central California. Hard substrate, food, and relatively warm water temperatures were identified as important factors supporting sustainable oyster populations.

In contrast, low salinities and DO, warm air temperatures and abundant predators (e.g, oyster drills) were found to be the most important oyster stressors. The authors used data from 21 study sites in San Francisco Bay and Elkhorn Slough for their analyses. From the Climate Change and Olympia Oysters: San Francisco Bay Subtidal Habitat Goals Project.

Wasson, K., C. Zabin, J. Bible, E. Ceballos, A. Chang, B. Cheng, A. Deck, T. Grosholz, M. Latta, and M. Ferner, 2014. A Guide to Olympia oyster restoration and Conservation: environmental conditions and sites that support sustainable populations in central California, Sept. 2014, San Francisco Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve, 43pp.

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