The Nature Conservancy, with funding from NOAA, has been working to restore .58 miles of oyster reef at the National Audubon Society's Paul J. Rainey Sanctuary on Vermilion Bay. Artificial reef built from stackable concrete rings, 5 feet in diameter, have been placed along the shoreline and were designed specifically for the bay's soft substrate. The reef has been constructed in three phases, briefly interupted by the Deepwater Horizon oil rig explosion and oil spill. The reef has created new habitat for wildlife in the area, particularly for oysters as it serves as a good location for recruitment. In addition, it has helped to build and protect existing marsh in the area.
The funding agencies and partners for this project include NOAA and the Nature Conservancy.
- NOAA Content Manager