Oyster populations are poised to thrive again in the region thanks to the Oyster Cultch Placement Project, a $5.3 million regional plan designed to enhance and improve the oyster populations in Pensacola Bay, St. Andrews Bay and Apalachicola Bay.
The project’s most recent focus was on the waters in the Pensacola Bay System in Escambia and Santa Rosa counties. Between Sept. 24 and Oct. 2, approximately 20,103 cubic yards of lime rock aggregate were deposited onto 17 oyster reefs in need of restoration.
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