The Biloxi Bay Living Shorelines Demonstration Project was funded in 2013, when pre-construction, monitoring and permitting began. As of January 2015, the project is awaiting permits for full construction. There is 290 feet of intertidal oyster reef, coastal salt marsh, and natural beach that will be restored as a result of the project. Project partners include the Mississippi Department of Marine Resources, BMI Environmental Services and Gulf Coast Design Studio. Monitoring will consist of fish and invertebrate sampling with seines, basic water quality, and depth mapping. To-date, pre-construction monitoring and mapping has taken place, and the United States Army Corps of Engineers permit for full construction is expected in 2015.
Objectives: Successful Habitat Restoration, Environmental Benefits, Reduced Risk/Impacts
Techniques: Mapping, Oyster Reef Construction, Signage
Data Collected: Fish Surveys, Estuarine Invertebrate Species Composition, Estuarine Invertebrate Species Density, Water Quality, Bottom Contour
Species: Crassostrea virginica, Sciaenops ocellatus, Leiostomus xanthurus, Micropogonias undulatus, Paleomenetes pugio, Menticirrhus americanus, Callinectes sapidus, Farfantepenaeus aztecus, Litopenaeus setiferus
Partners: Mississippi Department of Marine Resources, BMI, Environmental Services, Gulf Coast Community Design Studio, Chevron
- Thomas Mohrman, MSFO