Restoration Webinar Series: Upper Newport Bay Living Shorelines Project
Learn about an innovative living shoreline approach in Upper Newport Bay, California, that targets the restoration of the Olympia oyster and eelgrass.
The Olympia oyster is the only oyster species native to the West Coast, but due to overharvesting and habitat loss, it has been functionally extinct in Southern California. A collaborative project n Upper Newport Bay, Newport Beach, California, targeted the restoration of the Olympia oyster and eelgrass through an innovative living shoreline approach.
Oyster reefs can provide ecosystem services such as small-scale shoreline stabilization and water quality improvements, as well as forming habitat for fish and invertebrates. Because of the potential benefits of combining oysters and eelgrass habitat, this project targets their integrated restoration to promote greater ecosystem connectivity and function.
This webinar will discuss the community-based implementation of this multi-benefit project and present the results of paired eelgrass and oyster restoration on a variety of ecosystem variables.
About the Restoration Webinar Series
The Restoration Webinar Series, hosted by National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, is a venue for disseminating new approaches, best management practices and innovative restoration techniques to some of our nation’s greatest restoration challenges. The series covers a broad spectrum of topics including: planning and implementing restoration projects; project monitoring and evaluation at multiple time scales; accounting for a changing climate in restoration; regional restoration planning and priority setting; and permitting.
Register to Attend
Register to attend this webinar through the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service National Conservation Training Center.