The Manatee River Oyster Project is a multi-partner effort to achieve largescale and transformational restoration of oyster populations in the Manatee River. Originally proposed by ORE's Founder and Executive Director in 2016 in the white paper "A Proposed Path Forward for Large Scale Oyster Habitat Restoration in the Manatee River", this project will restore hundreds of acres of oyster reefs in the Manatee River resulting in improved regional water quality, increased habitat values, and numerous other ecosystem service benefits.
The Manatee River, once called the Oyster River, is connected to mission of our organization and the approach to restoration of the oyster reefs of the Manatee aligns with ORE's purpose. Please read our article "What is in a name? Oyster River Ecology, Inc." for an insightful history of the Manatee River and Oysters and how this relates to what ORE does in our community in the Manatee River and beyond.
This project will provide generational benefits to the residents and visitors of Manatee County and beyond. A project of this scale will require funding and volunteer support to complete. If you would like to provide support for this project contact ORE's Executive Director
This video shows mapped oyster habitat extent from the late 1800s and shell dredge lease maps.
This video shows the amount of growth possible on cultch material placed in appropriate locations in just 15 months.