MLML Researchers Plant Baby Oysters in Partnership with the Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve

On October 23rd, 2018, baby Olympia oysters were planted in Elkhorn Slough as part of a native oyster restoration project.  A number of MLML Researchers and Graduate Students are featured in these stories and photos about the event:

Elkhorn Slough: A Big Day for Baby Oysters

KION: Baby oysters planted at Elkhorn Slough

SeaGrant: Struggling Olympia oysters get a boost from scientists in Monterey Bay

Santa Cruz Sentinel: Bringing Olympia oysters back to Elkhorn Slough

Photo by Brendan Tougher

MLML Researchers Planting Baby Oysters in Partnership with the Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve – October 23rd, 2018

MEDIA ADVISORY

October 18, 2018

For more information:

Scott Nichols, ESF Development & Communications Manager

Email: communications@elkhornslough.org

Phone: (831) 728-5939


Interested members of the media are invited to attend this first-of-its-kind restoration effort, which offers exceptional video, photo, and interview opportunities from an active research site on the tidal mudflats of the Elkhorn Slough.


Researchers Planting Baby Oysters at Elkhorn Slough (10/23)

First Attempt in California to Restore Native Oysters through Aquaculture

ELKHORN SLOUGH, CA — On the afternoon of Tuesday, October 23, 2018, members of the media are invited to attend as a team of researchers and volunteers plant juvenile Olympia oysters in the tidal mudflats of Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve. This outplanting of juvenile oysters, raised in partnership with Moss Landing Marine Laboratories, represents the first attempt to support California’s dwindling native oyster populations through aquaculture.

WHAT:  Planting juvenile Olympia oysters (grown through aquaculture in partnership with Moss Landing Marine Laboratories) in the tidal mudflats of the Elkhorn Slough Reserve.

WHEN:  Tuesday, October 23, 2018, 3:00pm-6:00pm. Media are encouraged to RSVP.

WHERE:  Meet at the Elkhorn Slough Reserve Visitor Center, 1700 Elkhorn Road, Watsonville, CA  95076 (map). We will provide rubber boots, if needed, and shuttle media to and from the project site on the Elkhorn Slough Reserve’s tidal mudflats (approx. 10 minutes).

WHO: Reserve Research Coordinator Dr. Kerstin Wasson with researchers, students, and volunteers from Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve (ESNERR), Smithsonian Environmental Research Center (SERC), and Moss Landing Marine Laboratories (MLML). When the work is complete, there will be a celebratory toast led by MLML Director Jim Harvey, joined by Assemblyman Mark Stone and other supporters of California aquaculture and oyster restoration, including the Anthropocene Institute which provided substantial funding.

WHY:  Researchers, students, and volunteers will plant juvenile oysters in Elkhorn Slough to help restore dwindling native oyster populations. This represents the first attempt to support native oyster restoration through aquaculture in the state of California.

CONTACT:  For more information or to RSVP, please contact Scott Nichols, ESF Development & Communications Manager, at communications@elkhornslough.org or (831) 728-5939.

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Administered by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and managed by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) which owns the property, the Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve (ESNERR), is one of 29 Reserves established nationwide to support long-term research, water-quality monitoring, environmental education, and coastal stewardship. The Elkhorn Slough Foundation (ESF) works in partnership with the Reserve, and is the only nonprofit organization solely dedicated to protecting Elkhorn Slough and its watershed forever. For more information, visit: www.elkhornslough.org.

Elkhorn Slough Reserve volunteers Ken Pollak and Celeste Stanik deploying clam shell reefs with oyster restoration expert Chela Zabin (Photo by Kerstin Wasson, Elkhorn Slough Reserve)