Free, Open to the Public

Katie Nichols, Marine Restoration Director, Orange County Coastkeeper, doing the very active work of oyster restoration-on hands/knees with a transcect placed carefully on the mud, a big smile on her face, and we will forgive her for wearing an SF Giants baseball cap (Go A's!)
Katie Nichols, Marine Restoration Director, Orange County Coastkeeper

What if there was a practical, innovative, and cost effective way to deal with shoreline erosion, counter the effects climate change, and improve water quality?  Turns out, the humble Olympia oyster (Ostrea lurida) and elegant eelgrass (Zostera marina) are effective tools in the sustainable living shoreline approach.  

Implementation of the Upper Newport Bay Living Shorelines Restoration Project
Katie Nichols, Marine Restoration Director, Orange County Coastkeeper
Tuesday, October 26, 2021
6:00pm to 7:00pm Pacific Time
Via Zoom (details below)


Video Available

About the Topic

A discussion of marine restoration methods and a collaborative project targeting the restoration of the native Olympia oyster, (Ostrea lurida), and eelgrass, (Zostera marina), as an innovative living shoreline approach in Upper Newport Bay, Newport Beach, California. The talk will cover the successes and challenges associated with small scale restoration efforts and highlight the implementation of the oyster restoration including use of community volunteers, novel materials and design.

About the Speaker

Katie is the Marine Restoration Director for Orange County Coastkeeper, a nonprofit based in Costa Mesa. At Coastkeeper she designs and implements restoration projects on nearshore habitats in collaboration with volunteers, scientists and agencies in Southern California. Her research interests include resource management and the development of practical and innovative solutions to the challenges facing marine ecosystems. She received her B.A. in Environmental Studies and Marine Biology from UC Santa Cruz and her M.S. in Marine Ecology from San Diego State University.

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