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Management Programs of Yellow River Marsh Aquatic Preserve Quick Topics
Dead tree near shore in 2001

Dead tree near shore in 2009

The position of a tree shows the loss of shoreline.

  • Resource Management

    The loss of shoreline along the Yellow River Marsh Aquatic Preserve is generally the result of increased erosion due to wave energy amplified by coastal armoring on either side. Within the last 10 years, 80 feet of shoreline has been lost resulting in severe coastal flooding of a coastal pine flatwood forest. The restoration of this coastal transition zone will provide room for habitat migration with sea level rise and is a focus of the resource management program.
    The project places vertical oyster reef structures along approximately 1,000 linear feet of shoreline to reduce the wave energy and is expected to grow an established living oyster reef which would enhance habitat and emergent vegetation within the preserve.
Using a seine net in the bay
  • Education and Outreach

    Staff conducted education and outreach programs through participation in local events, such as the Seagrass Awareness Festival, and working with the schools by visiting or conducting field trips.
 Gulf sturgeon being released
  • Research and Monitoring

    Staff conducted monitoring programs of Gulf sturgeon, the Gulf saltmarsh snake, diamondback terrapins and several other species of concern. Since the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, focus had shifted towards water quality and sediment monitoring. The staff also worked with researchers from the University of Northwest Florida and EPA.


Last updated: April 22, 2016

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