2011: CRP Project #10-01 Oyster Reef Restoration in the Texas Coastal Bend

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Project Summary
This project seeks to use reclaimed oyster shells from coastal bend restaurants and seafood wholesalers to restore 3.8 acres of Lap Reef in Copano Bay, Texas. As part of a larger effort, we have been stockpiling reclaimed shells at a repository located on land leased from the Port of Corpus Christi. Currently we have stockpiled 49 cubic yards of oyster shell donated from local restaurants and have agreements in place to purchase an additional 800 cubic yards from Alby’s seafood wholesaler in Fulton, TX, in the next 6 months. We will purchase an additional 600 cubic yards of shell as part of this project to bring our restoration total to over 1450 cubic yards of reclaimed oyster shell. Shells will be transported from the shell repository to the restoration location using trucks and a barge. The shells will be placed in the water during the spring of 2011 to maximize the density of larval oysters to colonize the reef. The shells will be quarantined for a minimum of one month for disease reduction. Instead of the flat “pavement” reefs typically constructed for oyster restoration, we plan to build a 3-dimensional segmented
reef with higher vertical relief, similar to un-dredged reef structures. High relief reefs have higher oyster densities, are less subject to sedimentation, and support larger populations of fish. In addition, complex reef structures provide habitat for numerous fish species. This restoration project will increase essential fish habitat and is expected to result in increased oyster and sportfish abundance.

Project Name
Oyster reef restoration in the Texas coastal bend

Project Location
Copano Bay-Aransas County, Texas

Latitude/Longitude of the project site
28.1359445 N, -97.05353 W

Land Ownership
Public

Anticipated NOAA Trust Resource(s) to benefit from restoration
Eastern oysters (Crassostrea virginica)—NOAA Trust Resources
include commercial and recreational fishery resources including marine fish and shellfish
and their habitats.

Project Start Date:  January 1, 2021
Project End Date: July 1, 2021

Contact Info
Jennifer Pollack
Assistant Research Scientist
Harte Research Institute for Gulf of Mexico Studies
Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi
6300 Ocean Drive, Unit 5869
Corpus Christi,Texas 78412-5869
Phone number: (361)825-2041