This technique uses pre-cast substrate to provide the oyster larva with a firm base to adhere and propagate. This type of restoration technique provides a stable substrate for oyster larva settlement and the potential to perform as an effective wave energy dissipater and erosion control device. We then planted a red mangrove encased in a tightly woven mesh bag into each reef ball.
A nursery of red mangroves A newly planted mangrove
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