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YEAR 2009 - CRP Project #8001 (Gulf of Mexico)

Project #8001
Naples Bay Shellfish Restoration

Naples, Florida

Project name:   Naples Bay Shellfish Restoration  
Project number:   8001  
Project status:   In Progress  
Grant Administrator:   Gulf of Mexico Foundation (for NOAA)  
Grantee:   City of Naples, Florida  
Project location:   Naples Bay Estuary  
Grant period:   Jan 1, 2021 - June 30, 2021  
Grant amount:   $5,000  
Land Ownership:   Public, State of Florida  
Lat/Long:   26.11,/81.79  
Types of Habitat:   Oyster beds (estuary)  
Project leader:   Katie Laakkonen, Environmental Specialist
City of Naples, Florida
Naples City Hall
735 Eighth Street South
Naples, FL 34102

Project location - click to enlarge
Project location in relation to Florida Gulf Coast

Species Benefiting From Restoration:
   American Oyster (Crassostrea virginica)
   Red Mangrove (Rhizophora mangle)
   Shoalgrass (Halodule wrightii)

Acres of Habitat To be Restored:
Anticipated .5 to 1 acre of oyster reef habitat

Project Summary:
This project will be modeled after the efforts of the Chesapeake Bay Foundation and their Oyster Gardening Program. The City of Naples. Natural Resources Division will engage residents who have a dock on the water as volunteers in a local oyster gardening program which will bring awareness to the diminished oyster population. Small spat housed in mesh cages will be provided to each willing participant and the floating cages will be attached to the dock far 6-8 months or until the oysters have reached an adult size. The farmed oysters will then be planted on created reefs using shell bags or on naturally occurring hard substrate. Progress of the oysters and success of the project will be monitored and recorded at set intervals.

Project Goals:

  • Restore a portion of degraded oyster habitat in Naples Bay, in turn enhancing water quality, with quantifiable ecological improvements.
  • Foster environmental stewardship and heighten awareness of Naples Bay residents regarding local water quality issues and the challenges facing the bay by actively engaging them in the restoration process.

On-The-Ground Activities:

  • Volunteer will participate in oyster gardening of Crassostrea virginica
  • Transfer volunteer-raised spat to existing and created reef structures
  • Evaluate survival and success of planted oysters

Community Involvement:
Through the Shellfish Restoration Program, the City will foster collaborative community stewardship efforts and volunteers will actively participate in the restoration of Naples Bay. This will have a sustained long term benefit to the community by having an increased understanding in the critical issues that affect the health of Naples Bay. Residents will also learn about the importance of oysters and why it is necessary to restore these habitats in the bay.

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Close-up of restoration area - click to enlarge
Close-up of restoration area

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NOAA Restoration Center

Gulf of Mexico Foundation

Florida Gulf Coast University

City of Naples

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