Guidelines for evaluating performance of oyster habitat restoration should include tidal emersion: Reply to Baggett et al.

Brenda Walles*, F.J. Fodrie, Sil Nieuwhof, O.J.D. Jewell, P.M.J. Herman, Tom Ysebaert

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Abstract

Baggett et al. (2015) identified a set of three universal environmental variables to be monitored for evaluating all oyster habitat restoration projects: salinity, temperature, and dissolved oxygen. Perhaps evidencing a bias toward subtidal reefs, this set of parameters omits another first-order environmental factor, tidal emersion. Intertidal oyster reefs can be the dominant reef habitat in estuaries, with clear zonation in oyster performance across the intertidal exposure gradient. Therefore, we propose to include tidal emersion as a fourth universal environmental parameter when designing and evaluating oyster restoration projects to better encompass the whole environmental spectrum along which reefs occur.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)4-7
JournalRestoration Ecology
Volume24
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2016

Keywords

  • Crassostrea gigas
  • Crassostrea virginica
  • Intertidal
  • Reef performance
  • Subtidal
  • Tidal emersion
  • Vertical zonation

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