Restoring Oyster Habitat In The Tappan Zee - The Fisherman

Restoring Oyster Habitat In The Tappan Zee

newsIn 2018, HRNERR worked with the New York State Thruway Authority to create more than five acres of oyster habitat at three sites near the new Governor Mario M. Cuomo Bridge. Nearly 900 concrete reef balls and more than 400 oyster shell gabions were placed at strategic locations along the river bottom with existing oysters and depths greater than 12 feet. Despite the very low salinity in this section of the river, monitoring over the past two years has documented successful early reef development at all three restoration sites. Additional monitoring is needed to evaluate larval output and the long-term sustainability of the restored reef communities.