Native Oyster Restoration Pilot Project, Upper Newport Bay, California State University Fullerton

Summary

SCH Number
2009128213
Lead Agency
Regional Water Quality Control Board, Region 8 (Santa Ana), Riverside
Document Title
Native Oyster Restoration Pilot Project, Upper Newport Bay, California State University Fullerton
Document Type
NOE - Notice of Exemption
Received
Posted
12/23/2009

Document Description
Dead oyster shells (and perhaps ceramic tiles, as a surrogate for oyster shells) will be placed at the mudflat as a substrate for natural, passive recruitment and growth of new oysters, as a test of the potential to restore oyster beds to Newport Bay. Twenty-five, 2m X 2m replicate plots, with 2m gaps, will receive scattered or bagged oyster shells, and preference for oyster spat settling will be observed. Anticipated recruited fauna included native Ostrea lurida (Olympia oyster) and exotic Crassostrea gigas (Japanese oyster), both known to exist in Upper and Lower Newport Bay. The study will test the potential for a larger-scale effort to increase the density of O. lurida in Newport Bay, while restoring native oyster "beds" and associated ecology after historical loss. The potential for a larger scale effort will be tested.

Contact Information
Glenn Robertson
Regional Water Quality Control Board, Region 8 (Santa Ana), Rive
3737 Main Street, Suite 500
Riverside, CA 92501

Phone : (951) 782-3259

Location

Cities
Newport Beach
Counties
Orange

Notice of Exemption

Exempt Status
Categorical Exemption
Type, Section or Code
15333
Reasons for Exemption
Guidelines Section 15061. Project does not have the potential to have a significant effect on the environment.

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