Recovery and Resilience of Oyster Reefs in the Big Bend of Florida

The goal - keeping estuaries resilient in the face of global change. The primary goal of this project is to restore degraded chains of reefs in a way that is resilient both to sea level rise, and to continued low flows from the river. By so doing, we predict healthy reefs will buffer the estuaries from fluctuations in salinity, and from coastal erosion. The effects of this buffering should cascade to the fish, shellfish, birds and plant communities that humans care about, under a variety of future climate and sea level conditions.


The University of Florida is currently advertising for a Construction Manager to perform construction work related to the Lone Cabbage Reef Restoration project. All information concerning the project and applications can be found at (look for project UF 631 under Current Projects - planning). An informational meeting about the project, construction details, and the application process is scheduled for all interested parties on February 1, 2018 at 4:00 pm at the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission's Senator George G. Kirkpatrick Marine Laboratory 11350 SW 153rd Court Cedar Key, FL 32625. Applications will be due February 20th 2018 at 3:00 pm.