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Dr. Rebecca Morris, Research Fellow, National Centre for Coasts and Climate, University of Melbourne is quantifying oyster density and size on an oyster castle reef in Money Island, NJ. Dr. Morris visited as part of an Australian-funded study to learn about living shorelines and is comparing projects from NJ to LA that involve oyster reefs.
Dr. Rebecca Morris, Research Fellow, National Centre for Coasts and Climate, University of Melbourne is quantifying oyster density and size on an oyster castle reef in Money Island, NJ. Dr. Morris visited as part of an Australian-funded study to learn about living shorelines and is comparing projects from NJ to LA that involve oyster reefs.

Using recycled oyster and clam shells, a Haskin Shellfish Research Lab team partnered with The Nature Conservancy, The Partnership for the Delaware Estuary and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to create oyster reefs along Delaware Bay to help protect the shoreline from storm damage. Both recycled shells and oyster castles were used to create breakwater structures as part of the hybrid living shoreline design. Oyster castles – essentially modified concrete blocks that become living reefs as oyster larvae attach to them and grow – can reduce the impacts of future storms by absorbing wave energy and reducing erosion. The reefs also provide habitat for wildlife and improve water quality through bivalve filtration. For more information, view the full article. Also available are 360-degree views of the living shoreline as part of the “As If You Were There” virtual tour project, featuring interactive photography and videos, created by the USDA Northeast Climate Hub, collaborating with Rutgers University–New Brunswick and other partners.

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