At ORA Estuaries, we grow oyster reefs into living coastal protection infrastructure.
New Orleans Entrepreneur Week is here! “New Orleans Entrepreneur Week (NOEW), presented by IBERIABANK, is the annual business festival celebrating entrepreneurship, innovation, and advanced thinking in New Orleans. NOEW engages a dynamic global network of entrepreneurs, investors, corporations, non-profits, students, and professionals to support growing companies and elevate entrepreneurial successes through eight days of discussion, … Continue reading NOEW2015 is here!
Why Do We Measure Wetlands Loss In Football Fields? | WWNO. In coastal Louisiana, coastal wetlands are converting to open water at a rate measured in football fields. A football field in less than an hour. Every hour. The football field metaphor is the brainchild America’s Wetland Foundation director Val Marmillion. “Everyone knows the size … Continue reading From WWNO: Why Do We Measure Wetlands Loss In Football Fields?
Bright lights, big cities | The Economist. This article from the Economist beautifully illustrates the massive global migration into a small number of “megacities”, cities with 10 million people or more. In 1982, the year I was born, there were 5 of these megacities. But that’s changing: Nearly 9% of the world’s population will be … Continue reading The Economist illustrates global migration to coastal urban centers
Actually “oysters & sea grass, oysters & sea grass, oysters & sea grass!” Last week, I went to the Mississippi Marine Living Resources Summit. Thinking it was just another networking opportunity, I was pleasantly surprised to find myself contributing to Mississippi’s coastal plan. Even more pleasantly surprising was the cross section of coastal Mississippi who … Continue reading Mississippi residents call for oysters, oysters, oysters
Who would have thought it? Living oyster reef breakwaters in New York. It’s not just us fools down the bayou anymore. With Rising seas, impaired estuaries and threatened water & food security, coastal resiliency is going to be the interstate project of our lifetime. From the mayor: “In this city alone, 400,000 people live in the floodplain, … Continue reading $60 million living oyster reef aimed at reducing waves on Staten Island’s South Shore | SILive.com
What a great development for coastal Mississippi, shortly followed by the Governors announcement of an oyster council. Besides being a delicious marketable commodity, oysters are one of the most important organisms for coastal ecosystems. Encouraging aquaculture practices to increase yields also increases the number of oysters that are filtering water, producing larvae & providing habitat. via … Continue reading DMR leader vows Mississippi oyster industry will get attention i – MyFoxAL.com – FOX6 WBRC Birmingham, AL
What is a spat? Here’s a little primer from NOAA Ocean Service: http://oceanservice.noaa.gov/facts/spat.html. Oysters are a type of shellfish that live in brackish and saltwater bays, estuaries, and tidal creeks. When oysters reproduce, they spawn tiny larvae that freely navigate the water column until they find an appropriate habitat with a structure to settle on. Once … Continue reading What is spat?
Despite high prices and lower supply, oyster bars and specials proliferate around New Orleans | Food | The New Orleans Advocate — New Orleans, Louisiana. While oysters are easier than ever to find at restaurants and bars, they have become harder and vastly more expensive to source in Louisiana, which leads the nation in oyster … Continue reading Despite high prices and lower supply, oyster bars and specials proliferate around New Orleans | Food | The New Orleans Advocate — New Orleans, Louisiana
FPL Development | RestoreTheGulf.gov. Approximately $150-$180 million is currently available to implement ecosystem restoration under the Council-Selected Restoration Component (commonly known as Bucket 2), guided by a Comprehensive Plan. In July 2014, the Council finalized a proposal submission and evaluation process to select projects for inclusion on a Draft Funded Priorities List (FPL). Read more about the process … Continue reading Proposed Restoration Projects
ORA Estuaries grows oyster reefs into living coastal protection infrastructure. Our mission is to empower coastal communities to rebuild the historic oyster reefs which provided storm resilience, food security and economic opportunity. ORA Estuaries partners with local and national organizations to implement best available science and cutting edge technology at meaningful scales. Oysters have been described as the … Continue reading About