Science Serving Maryland's Coasts

R/P-57

Do Oyster Filtration and Wave Attenuation Associated with Oyster Reefs and Breakwater Improve Seagrass Habitat?

Principal Investigator: 

Raleigh Hood

Start/End Year: 

2003 to 2006

Institution: 

Horn Point Laboratory, University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science

Co-Principal investigator: 

Evamaria Koch, Roger Newell, Horn Point Laboratory, University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science

Topic(s): 

Description: 

This project addresses one of the priorities established by Maryland Sea Grant: the health of our coastal ecosystems, or more specifically, a physical-biological link between oyster reefs and seagrass habitats. Our objectives are: (1) quantify the impact of oyster reefs and breakwaters on wave attenuation and water clarity using a combination of numerical modeling and field studies; (2) evaluate the potential for oyster reefs to create suitable seagrass habitats using these same approaches; (3) develop a model that can be used by managers to help guide their seagrass and oyster restoration efforts; (4) educate managers and citizens about the importance of oyster reefs in maintaining water quality and seagrass habitat.

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