Aquaculture and Restoration Ecology Program

oysters in cageEcological restoration of marine and estuarine systems is a complex process involving a understanding of the many biological, chemical and physical interactions within a ecosystem, establishing achievable goals and developing well-integrated, practical approaches and measures that integrate principles of conservation ecology to achieve goals. Horn Point Laboratory has a multi-disciplinary team of scientists which specialize in aquaculture of fish and shellfish, marsh and seagrass ecology, marine macrophyte tissue culture, and water quality of coastal systems and are actively involved in the science to support holistic and proactive restoration of oysters, submerged aquatic vegetation, fish, and wetlands.

Research emphasis of the aquaculture restoration ecology group extends from shoreline erosion and remediation impact on SAV, ecosystem responses to nutrient management, estuarine macropyhte production, effect of turbidity and light on SAV, oyster culture and restoration technology and evaluation, fish culture technology, sturgeon enhancement, and aquatic plant nutrient management applications. Projects address both basic and applied issues primarily within the Chesapeake Bay, its tributaries and Mid-Atlantic area coastal bays and actively involve partners and stakeholders and include diverse educational programs.

The Laboratory has several projects underway in this area: