Program Info

Website
https://floridadep.gov/fco/nerr-apalachicola/content/ecosystem-science-programs-anerr
Region(s)
NW
Summary
Yearly transect (1m quadrat) sampling at randomly selected intertidal reefs in Apalachicola Bay. This project started in August of 2018.
Parameters
% Cover, % Live, Invert comp
Notes
Application
The Apalachicola Bay Eastern Oyster (Crossostrea virginica) population has shown significant declines in the past decade, leading to the declaration of a fisheries disaster in 2013. Substantial research has been conducted on the subtidal population of oysters in Apalachicola Bay; however, limited research has been conducted to document the condition, status, and trends related to the intertidal oyster population (IOP). Although IOPs in Apalachicola Bay are not important commercially, they are important from an ecological standpoint; including, but not limited to removal of suspended particulates, changing current patterns, providing habitat, and consuming phytoplankton (Dame and Patten, 1981). Recognizing that like subtidal oysters, IOP's are also contributors to the production of spat, which may supplement the commercially important subtidal oyster populations. Therefore, regular monitoring of the intertidal stock may give us better insight on the overall condition of oysters in Apalachicola Bay. Using standardized methods (Volety and Savarese 2001; Dix 2010; and Baggett 2014) the Apalachicola National Estuarine Research Reserve (ANERR) research staff plan to develop a long-term biological monitoring program to better understand the current and long-term status of IOPs and associated reef habitats in Apalachicola Bay, Florida, USA.
Publications
Available for internal or public dissemination
Start
2018
End
Current
Frequency
Annual
Method
quadrat
Discontinuity
none
Data Location
Located internal excel spreadsheet
Data Format
paper, excel
Excel spreadsheet
Habitats
Oyster/Oyster Reef
SEACAR Citation
Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP); Office of Resilience and Coastal Protection (RCP); Apalachicola National Estuarine Research Reserve. (2024). Apalachicola Intertidal Oyster Project. Updated 05/21/2024. Distributed by: SEACAR Data Discovery Interface, Office of Resilience and Coastal Protection, Florida Department of Environmental Protection. https://data.florida-seacar.org/programs/details/5010
Alternative Citation

indicates priority attributes

Contacts
Ethan Bourque

Environmental Specialist II

Ethan.Bourque@dep.state.fl.us

850-670-7722

Export Standardized Data

Habitat(s) : Indicator(s) Last Updated File Download
Oyster/Oyster Reef : Density, Percent Live 07/08/24 02:32 PM Download File - Oyster - 5010.zip
DIP Document N/A Download File - DIP

Office of Resilience and Coastal Protection Managed Areas

Apalachicola Bay, Apalachicola NERR

Indicators

Indicator
Oyster/Oyster Reef - Density
Oyster/Oyster Reef - Percent Live
Oyster/Oyster Reef - Additional Indicators

Documentation and Data provided by program

File Type File Name Added On Details
Data Intertidal Oyster Data Jan 2024.xlsx 05/21/24 01:45 PM View Details
Data Intertidal Oyster Data Updated_March2023.xlsx 04/12/23 12:08 PM View Details
Data Intertidal Oyster Data Updated_Nov2021.xlsx 05/31/22 01:52 PM View Details
Data Intertidal Oyster Data.xlsx 01/02/19 11:47 AM View Details
Data Intertidal Oyster Data_update.xlsx 08/02/19 08:53 AM View Details
Logo ANERR.jpg 12/07/18 09:32 AM View Details
Logo DEP_logo_2019.png 04/08/19 01:57 PM View Details
Protocols ANERR Oyster Monitoring Protocol 1.3.docx 12/07/18 09:32 AM View Details