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YEAR 2008 - Marine Debris Clean-up: BTNEP

Marine Debris Clean-up: BTNEP
Barataria Bay, Louisiana

Aerial image of Grand Isle - click to enlarge
Aerial image of Grand Isle, Louisiana, showing hurricane damage

Project name:   Marine Debris Clean-up: BTNEP  
Project status:   Complete  
Grant Administrator:   Gulf of Mexico Foundation (for NOAA)  
Grantee:   Barataria Terrebonne National Estuary Program (BTNEP)  
Project location:   Five debris removal sites throughout Barataria Bay, Louisiana: State Park property on Grand Isle, Jean Lafitte National Historic Park and Preserve and Wisner Wildlife Management area near Fourchon.  
Grant period:   June 1, 2021 – August 31, 2021  
Grant amount:   $121,331  
Project leader:   Kerry St. Pι
Program Director
320 Audubon Dr. #105
Thibodaux, LA 70301

Louisiana marine debris removal sites

Species Benefiting From Restoration:
   • Brown shrimp (Farfantepenaeus aztecus)
   • White shrimp (Linaepenaeus setiferus)
   • Speckled trout (Cynoscion nebulosus)
   • Red drum (Sciaenops ocellatus)
   • Southern flounder (Paralichthys lethostigma)
   • Blue crab (Callinectes sapidus)
   • Bottlenose dolphin (Tursiops truncatus)
   • Smooth cordgrass (Spartina alterniflora)
   • Saltmeadow cordgrass (Spartina patens)

Acres of Habitat To be Restored:
In all, the project is anticipated to restore up to 130 acres of estuarine habitat, re-open up to 2 miles of fish access within a natural bayou system

Project Summary:
The Gulf of Mexico Foundation will partner with Louisiana’s Barataria-Terrebonne National Estuary Program (BTNEP) Barataria-Terrebonne NEPto remove hurricane-related marine debris from five critical locations throughout the Barataria Basin. The sites, listed above, will engage the use of approximately 600 community volunteers during 20 clean-up events to remove woody debris and solid waste from marine ecosystems. Larger debris has already been removed using FEMA and other federal and state sources; however, a significant amount of debris remains throughout the estuary that threatens to choke marine habitat and impede fishery access. Under supervision of park and refuge personnel, volunteers will use manual labor and light equipment to remove debris which will be disposed using trailers and dumpsters. One of the five sites will require the contracting of heavy equipment (i.e., barge and excavator) to remove debris from a heavily clogged major bayou within the Jean Lafitte National Park.

Community Involvement:
BTNEP will be responsible for coordinating volunteer events and the Gulf of Mexico Foundation will serve as the grant administrator. Both organizations will utilize their significant outreach resources to provide project education and information materials, and will distribute these materials via conferences, symposia, websites and newsletters. This project will result in approximately 6,000 volunteer hours. BTNEP has one the largest volunteer bases within the state, and volunteers for this effort will include, in part, Junior Rangers, ROTC, Nicholls State University, Better Swamps and Gardens, and the Boy Scouts.

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Bayou boat tour - click to view video

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Debris at removal site - click to enlarge
Debris at a removal site

Large debris off trail - click to enlarge
Large debris off trail

Marsh - click to enlarge

Nancy Walters - click to enlarge
Park staff member Nancy Walters

Alligator - click to enlarge
Alligators have made their way back

Broken boardwalks at Lafitte - click to enlarge
Broken boardwalks at Lafitte

Restored boardwalk - click to enlarge
Restored Bayou Coquille boardwalk


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NOAA Restoration Center

Gulf of Mexico Foundation

Barataria-Terrebonne National Estuary Program

Grand Isle State Park

Jean Lafitte National Historic Park and Preserve

Wisner Wildlife Management Area

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