2019 Status Report to Indian River Lagoon Program:

Our 12-year total for intertidal oyster reef restoration is 89 reefs restored (3.75 acres). In January 2019, there was an average of 961.2 live oysters on the oldest reefs restored in 2007; this project has provided over 10 million oysters in Mosquito Lagoon. We have documented positive impacts beyond our restoration footprint as well – with additional oysters growing nearby the stabilized area and seagrass recruitment at 25% now adjacent to restored reefs. Project lifetime volunteer numbers: 50,754.

Our Living shoreline stabilization focuses on culturally important shorelines (historic structures, shell middens). Over the past 8 years we have stabilized over 3700 meters of shoreline, including 10 shell midden sites within CANA and 520 m of shell midden shoreline at Tomoka State Park. Through monitoring we have documented that highly eroded areas are now accreting sediment and that storms as powerful as Hurricane Matthew did not hinder our progress. Project lifetime volunteer numbers: 10,403.

 

Restoration Habitats, Locations and New Materials

Focal restoration and stabilization habitats include:

  • Oyster reefs (patch and fringing)
  • Highly eroded shorelines, especially fronting valued cultural artifacts (e.g. shell middens, historic buildings)
  • Mosquito impoundments/ditches

Locations in Florida where we have led restoration/stabilization are:

  • Oyster reef restoration: Indian River Lagoon, especially Canaveral National Seashore
  • Living Shoreline stabilization: Canaveral National Seashore, DeSoto National Memorial, Tomoka State Park, Fort Mose State Historic Park, city of Titusville, Washington Oaks State Park, Gamble Rogers State Park

We collaborate with restoration experts around the globe to improve both the science and materials used in our restoration. We are currently testing biodegradable BESE products for oyster restoration.

Restoration Current and Recent Projects:

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, “Tomoka State Park Living Shoreline Stabilization” 2018-2019.
Indian River Lagoon National Estuary Program, “Tomoka State Park Living Shoreline Stabilization” 2018-2019.
Indian River Lagoon National Estuary Program, “Living Shoreline and Oyster Reef Restoration in Mosquito Lagoon: Continuation of Successful Models and Successful Partnerships”, 2017 – 2019.
National Park Service, “Continuing to Prepare Canaveral National Seashore for the Future: Stabilizing Eroding Archeological Sites through the Use of Living Shoreline Techniques (CESU)”, 2016-2019.
National Park Service, “Preparing De Soto National Monument for the Future: Stabilizing Eroding Archeological Sites through the Use of Living Shoreline Techniques (CESU)”, 2016-2019.