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Utilizing Ripraps as Substrate for Oyster Stocking

Numerous resources are required to re-construct oyster reefs, which make oyster enhancement projects difficult, and are not always successful. Riprap has increased the complexity of shorelines in developed regions, thus providing a suitable substrate for oyster stocking at no extra cost to managers. Two year-old oysters were planted between rock crevices, and after one year in the riprap, showed 50% survival. Medium sized ripraps (0.4-0.6 m rock diameter) are ideal for conducting survival experiments and general oyster stocking.

Citations: Reckenbeil BA, Ozbay G (2014) An Investigation of Utilizing Ripraps as Substrate for Oyster Stocking within Delaware Coastal Bays. J Ecosys Ecograph 4: 150.

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