2011: CRP Project #10-04 Habitat Restoration and Enhancement Mobile Bay

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Project Summary
The This project involved installation of near shore, a wave attenuating structure to promote oyster attachment and planting of intertidal, shoreline marsh vegetation on Mon Louis Island along the western shore of Mobile Bay to create and enhance subtidal and intertidal habitat and stabilize sediments. Erosion and habitat loss along the Mon Louis Island shoreline between the mouth of Fowl River and Alabama Port is caused by wave energy from prevailing winds, boat traffic, and occasional tropical weather events. MBNEP and partners have already recruited and engaged many of the owners of property along a 1,000-linear foot length of eroded residential shoreline to design and implement this project to 1) attenuate wave energy, 2) create/enhance oyster reef and marsh habitat, and 3) demonstrate technologies alternative to shoreline armoring on a scale available to property owners concerned with loss of near shore habitat.

Project Name
Habitat Restoration and Enhancement along Mobile Bay’s Western Shoreline

Project Location
Mon Louis Island, Mobile County, Alabama

Latitude/Longitude of the project site

Land Ownership
Both – (public/private): State water bottoms adjacent to private property

Anticipated NOAA Trust Resource(s) to benefit from restoration
Eastern oysters (Crassostrea virginica), ribbed mussels (Geukensia demissa), black needle rush (Juncus roemerianus), smooth cord grass (Spartina alterniflora), southern flounder (Paralichthys lethostigma), speckled trout (Cynoscion
redfish (Sciaenops ocellatus), striped mullet (Mugil cephalus), Atlantic croaker (Micropognias undulatus), blue crab (Callinectes sapidus), shoal grass (Halodule wrightii) and widgeon grass (Ruppia maritima)

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

Contact Info
Roberta Arena Swann and Tom Herder
Director and Watershed Protection Coordinators
4172 Commanders Drive
Mobile, AL 36615