Master of Environmental Science and Management: Master's Group Project
Planning and Incentivizing Native Oyster Restoration in Southern California
Colleen Grant, Brianna Group, Desmond Ho, Emily Read, Erin Winslow
Carpinteria Salt Marsh Reserve, Honda Marine Science Foundation
Ostrea lurida, or the Olympia oyster, is not your typical oyster found at a beachside cafe, but a smaller species that was once abundant from British Columbia to Baja, California. After being severely overharvested during the Gold Rush, this species currently survives in low numbers along the west coast of North America thanks to restoration efforts in Puget Sound, San Francisco, Newport Bay and others. With more attention, we believe this tiny shellfish can flourish to provide us with much needed ecological and economic benefits.