More oyster reefs could help fight erosion on Texas coast

More oyster reefs could help fight erosion on Texas coast

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A submerged breakwater reef was created along two stretches of shoreline, protecting more than 18 acres of habitat for submerged aquatic vegetation and creating almost two acres of oyster reef. When all is said and done, the submerged reefs will protect more than a mile of coastal habitat by reflecting erosive wave energy away from the shoreline, unlike traditional erosion protection structures that contribute to habitat loss. Oyster Restoration, in Alabama. Captions and Photo source: NOAA Fisheries

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The Texas Parks & Wildlife Department in the past 10 years has built more than 400 acres of oyster reef off the coast — multimillion dollar projects intended to jump start the harvest of oysters, particularly after hurricanes and drought devastated the resource…

Read Full Article, Star Telegram (01-22-2018)

The Texas Coastline Is Slowly Disappearing. Here’s How One Community Is Coping; Houston Public Media (01-02-2018)
The Lone Star State’s shoreline is experiencing one of the highest rates of land loss of any coastal area in the country due to a combination of subsidence, sea level rise and storm surges…

An Oyster in the Storm, Op Ed by Paul Greenberg, The New York Times (11-02-2012)

The Great American Oyster Collapse; AlJazeera (07-21-2014)
Scientists have linked climate change and pollution of the world’s oceans to problems with oysters and corals, and there are still questions about how other species of ocean life will be affected…

Looking to Holland to find more sand for Galveston Island, Texas; HPM University of Houston (08-30-2016)

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