In late 2011, a group with experience on issues related to oyster restoration from Atlantic, Pacific, and Gulf of Mexico (U.S.) states, directed by a steering committee (see below) began a cooperative project to develop a set of standardized monitoring approaches to quantify oyster restoration-related metrics. The ultimate goal of this effort 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. We valued your feedback and accepted it from all that were interested in the restoration of oyster habitats. We want to ensure that the document will be practical and will meet the needs of the general restoration community following on previous restoration and monitoring guidance for C. virginica and O. lurida. The complete ‘living’ document can be downloaded below. To get a hard copy contact contact Boze Hancock (bhancock@TNC.ORG) at TNC.
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.