Ecosystems: Estuary - Oyster Reef
Quote from “Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science’: “Survival and growth of early fish stages are maximal in coastal and estuarine habitats where natural shallow areas serve as nurseries for a variety of widely distributed species on the continental shelf. Processes occurring in these nursery grounds during the juvenile stage affect growth and may be important in regulating the year-class strength of fishes and population size. The need, therefore, exists to protect these essential fish habitats…”
Bulkheads, dredging, trawling, hurricanes, pollution and climate changes are destroying estuarine habitat at an alarming rate. EcoSystems can provide substitute estuary to mitigate damages or loss of natural estuary. The Florida Fish & Wildlife recognizes the value of this type of artificial reef for the benefit of juvenile fish.
Ecosystem discs mounted on a pedestal can be deployed in any depth for use as an artificial reef. In shallow water or soft bottom conditions Ecosystems can be mounted on a piling. The Florida limestone rock embedded in the discs provide the perfect PH and substrate for all marine life to utilize EcoSystems as their habitat. The complex nature of the discs placed close together provide a safe habitat for juvenile fish and other marine animals to find protection and food. EcoSystems are ideal for use as mitigation projects.