John Scarpa, Ph.D.
Susan Laramore, Ph.D.
In south Florida, restoration of oyster populations is an important component and metric of the northern estuaries Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Program (CERP) and is a matter of prime importance for local governments, environmental organizations, educational institutions, and the general public. Because of its wide distribution, historical context, and essential habitat value, the Eastern Oyster Crassostrea virginica has been selected as a target species for monitoring. Changes in health and abundance will be monitored at three sites within the Lake Worth Lagoon (LWL). The primary goal of this study is to determine recruitment, survival, growth rate, reproduction, and condition index of established oysters at three locations in the LWL. Oyster vitality will also be related to incidence of the diseases dermo and MSX.