Assessing Oyster Reef Conditions
The Guana Tolomato Matanzas National Estuarine Research Reserve led the establishment of a new Oyster and Water Quality Task Force focused on the Northeast Florida region. Membership includes researchers, state and local agencies, fisherman, and others.
This task force assessed current conditions and developed strategies to ensure the sustainability of oyster habitat. Because of this work, partners are applying new methods for assessing and protecting oyster habitat. Globally, approximately 85 percent of oyster reefs have been lost to overharvesting and poor water quality, according to one 2011 report. The same report also says that more than 90 percent of oyster reefs have been lost in Chesapeake Bay and Georgia. (2016)
More Information: https://sites.google.com/site/gtmoysterandwqtaskforce/
Partners: City of Palm Coast, City of St. Augustine, Florida Sea Grant, Florida’s Aquatic Preserves, Guana Tolomato Matanzas National Estuarine Research Reserve, Matanzas Riverkeeper, St. Johns County, Whitney Laboratory for Marine Bioscience