Big Bend Oyster Resources Work Group

An informal, unofficial, gathering of people interested in oysters, oyster reefs, oyster fisheries, and the ecosystem services these resources provide


This page will be developed over the next months and years to reflect research projects, ideas, and data needs based on discussions at different workshops with cooperators interested in oyster resources in Florida's Big Bend region and related issues such as sea level rise, climate change, and freshwater flow. The links below are presentations from some cooperators that were given at a meeting in Cedar Key, Florida in April 2011.   Representatives from TNC, DACS, USFWS, NOAA, FWC, DEP, UF, FSU, as well as local fisherman were all invited to participate. Below are the presentations made to kickoff the meeting and are available for review. Please do not re-use material without permission of the authors.  Email Jenn Seavey (, Peter Frederick (, or Bill Pine ( for more information.

Key summary point from the meeting:

Summary of this discussion We have strong reasons to believe that freshwater flow, persistent structure, gaps in reefs that concentrate flow, predation rates, entrainment and storm events are likely to be major drivers of the restoration and maintenance of oyster reefs. We can proceed with adaptive restoration by incorporating these variables in the design of a series of pilot restorations so that we enhance knowledge as restoration progresses.



PhD fellowship is available to students interested in joining our group (December 2012, Due date January 15, 2013)

Presentations from April 2011 meeting (email author for permissions to reuse material)

Agenda, participants, and notes from meeting

Seavey presentation

Pine presentation

Berrigan presentation

Sturmer presentation

Kimbro presentation


Oyster map AB


Key new paper from research

Seavey, J. R., W. E. Pine, III, P. Frederick, L. Sturmer, and M. Berrigan.  2011.  Decadal changes in oyster reefs in the Big Bend of Florida's Gulf Coast.  Ecosphere 2(10):114 doi:10.1890/ES11-00205.1

See our oyster program in action in this video!