2012: CRP Project #11-01 Bon Secour Shoreline and Habitat Restoration

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Project Summary
The Nature Conservancy, as part of the 100-1000: Restore Coastal Alabama Partnership, proposes to build 100 miles of oyster reef breakwaters/living shorelines, which will in turn help to protect and promote the growth of more than 1,000 acres of coastal marsh and seagrass. This project propose to add ½ oyster reef breakwater (~200 ft) to a project funded for 4 ½ breakwater reefs, so that 5 full breakwater reefs can be constructed. The project will provide substrate for oyster larvae to settle and colonize; serve as nursery habitat for commercially and recreationally important finfish and shellfish; dampen wave energy and decrease erosion; and, stabilize sediments, decreasing turbidity.

Project Name
Bon Secour Shoreline and Habitat Restoration

Project Location
Gulf Shores, Baldwin County, Alabama. The site is located on Bon Secour Bay, adjacent and tidally/hydrologically connected to waters adjacent to Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge (AL GEMS site).

Latitude/Longitude of the project site
30°15’35.67″N 87°46’21.31″W

Land Ownership
Both – state-owned submerged lands; privately-owned shoreline

Anticipated NOAA Trust Resource(s) to benefit from restoration
Mammals West Indian Manatee (Trichechus manatus) - Critically Imperiled/Endangered
Birds Piping Plover (Charadrius melodus) - Critically Imperiled/Threatened
Reptiles Loggerhead Sea Turtle (Caretta caretta) - Critically Imperiled/Threatened
Green Sea Turtle (Chelonia mydas) - Critically Imperiled/Threatened
Kemps’ Ridley Sea Turtle (Lepidochelys kempii) - Occasional/Endangered
Leatherback Sea Turtle (Dermochelys coriacea) - Occasional/Endangered
Fish Gulf Sturgeon (Acipenser oxyrinchus desotoi) - Critically Imperiled/End angered
Alabama Sturgeon (Scaphirhynchus suttkusi) - Critically Imperiled/Endangered
Small-toothed Sawfish (Pristis pectinata) - Unknown/Endangered
Saltmarsh Topminnow (Fundulus jenkinsi) - Critically Imperiled/Species of Concern
Dwarf Seahorse (Hippocampus zosterae) - Imperiled/Unknown
Opossum pipefish (Microphis brachyurus lineatus) - Unknown/Species of Concern

Project Start Date: January 1, 2021
Project End Date: December 31, 2020

Contact Info
Judy Haner, Marine Program Director
The Nature Conservancy
56 St. Joseph Street, Suite 1600, Mobile, AL 36602
www.nature.org/gulf or www.nature.gov/alabama