Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions
Oyster Reef Restoration

Oyster Reef Restoration

GEMS will focus on a wide range of coastal restoration approaches over the course of the project. Our first phase was a deep dive with methods development focused on oyster reef restoration. Oyster harvesting is a significant economic and cultural activity in the Gulf region, and oyster reefs are a key part of healthy coastal ecosystems. Recent widespread declines in oyster populations have spurred substantial investment in oyster reef restoration and oyster population enhancement projects. Our results are summarized in the GEMS Phase I Report.