All of the sites will be monitored for a wide range of parameters, including oyster abundance, fish and shellfish abundance, benthic macro-invertebrate abundance, water quality and chemistry, shoreline stabilization and other related parameters. This will provide the scientific data needed to determine restoration project efficacy, validate project designs and guide the design and construction of future habitat restoration and shoreline stabilization projects.
Additionally, the results of this monitoring will provide cost efficiency and efficacy data for the promotion and construction of "living shoreline" alternative to bulkheads and seawall.
"This is an unprecedented analysis of the real benefits of coastal restoration that will serve as a template for managers across the world," said Dr. Just Cebrian, Senior Marine Scientist, DISL and principle investigator of the endeavor. "This project will test in an unprecedented manner whether coastal restoration works and, if so, how we can get the most out of it," he concluded.
The project will kick off in early Fall 2008 with pre-project monitoring efforts. In early spring 2009, construction projects will commence at Boggy Point and Point aux Pins and seagrass planting will take place in Little Lagoon. Post-project monitoring will commence and continue until late summer 2011. The entire project is scheduled to be complete September 15, 2011.
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Dauphin Island Sea Lab