Major Oyster Reef Rebuilding to Revitalize Texas Coast
Half Moon Reef was once a massive underwater oyster colony in the most productive fishery in Texas, rich with shellfish, blue crabs and shrimp. Today there is barely an oyster left in the nearly-500-acre site.
It took seven years of planning but conservationists with the Nature Conservancy in Texas, are now rebuilding the reef in the heart of Matagorda Bay using huge boulders of Missouri limestone carried down the Mississippi River on 36 barges.
Scientists, engineers and laborers will spend two months placing the rocks in 8 feet of water along 45 acres. In its first-ever reef construction starting from the ground up, The Conservancy’s hopes are high for revitalizing an entire ecosystem.
Oysters played a vital role in protecting shorelines and filtering toxins in our oceans. They are key to the economic vitality of five states along the Gulf coast: Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Florida.
Read the full story here.