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YEAR 2006 - CRP Project #5005 (Gulf of Mexico)

Project #5005
Oyster Reef Restoration and Shoreline
Protection in Vermilion Parish

Abbeville, Louisiana

Vermillion Bay location map - click to enlarge
Vermillion Bay project location map

Project name: Oyster Reef Restoration and Shoreline Protection in Vermilion Parish (#5005)
Project status: Complete
Grant Administrator: Gulf of Mexico Foundation (for NOAA)
Grantee: Louisiana Wetlands Association
Project location: south shore Vermilion Bay, Louisiana
Grant period: Jan 1, 2021 to June 30, 2021
Grant amount: $67,350
Land Ownership: Public
Lat/Long: N 29.39.991, W 92.08.105
Types of Habitat: oyster reef
Project leader: Wayne Touchet, president
                         Russell Gaspard, secretary
                         Louisiana Wetlands Association
                         505 Eaton Drive
                         Abbeville, LA 70510
                         Wayne phone: (337) 652-6155
                         Russell phone: (337) 893-2381
                         (337) 893-0182 fax

Species Benefiting From Restoration:
  • American oyster (Crassostrea virginica)
  • Smooth cordgrass (Spartina patens)
  • Speckled seatrout (Cynoscion nebulosus)

Acres of Habitat To be Restored: This project will restore 2 acres, including shoreline that is part of the state’s oldest wildlife refuge.

Project Summary:
The shoreline area that has been selected for the oyster-restoration site is located on the southwest shoreline of Vermilion Bay, along the east border of the Louisiana State Wildlife Refuge at Lake Fearman. The location is situated in a cove between Prien Point and the canal opening in to the Wildlife Refuge. Because of its physical location, the salinity level is one of the highest in Vermilion Bay and prevailing southeast winds tend to hold the high-salinity water in the cove. The water bottom is smooth and very firm and would easily sustain a shucked oyster reef supported by rip-rap, while protecting the shoreline from severe eroding.


Jan 26, 2021 - The Advocate: "Oyster reef under way"

Jan 8, 2021 - The Daily Advertiser: "Coastal project aims to bring oysters back to Prien Point"

Oct 21, 2021 - The Daily Advertiser: "Reef rebuilding begins; project boosts coastal fisheries"

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