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Virginia Institute of Marine Science

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Many factors affect the success of oyster restoration efforts. This supplemental report details the VIMS effort under this NOAA-funded program to monitor some of those factors in the Great Wicomico, Rappahannock, Piankatank and Lynnhaven Rivers. Specifically, it details monitoring of (1) oyster settlement at two reefs in each of those tributaries from May to November from 2004 – 2006, along with additional widespread recruitment monitoring in the Lynnhaven River in 2005 & 2006, (2) substrate condition on the same eight reefs during spring, summer and fall of 2004 – 2006, (3) oyster abundance on Shell Bar reef in the Great Wicomico River before and the deployment of hatchery-produced oysters in the spring of 2005, and (4) oyster population distribution, abundance and size in the Lynnhaven River basin during the period from April 2005 – March 2006.



American oyster -- Virginia -- Tidewater (Region); Restoration ecology -- Virginia -- Tidewater (Region)