Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Units Program: Louisiana
Education, Research and Technical Assistance for Managing Our Natural Resources

Louisiana Project

Developing modeling tools and frameworks for oyster management and restoration

January 2019 - January 2026


Participating Agencies

  • Louisiana Department of Wildlife and FIsheries
  • South Central Climate Adaptation Science Center
  • Department of Interior
  • USGS

Management and restoration of economically and ecologically important oyster resources across the Gulf of Mexico requires integration of water quality, oyster physiology and performance data. This project works with state and federal management agencies to analyze existing data and project outcomes, and to integrate current understanding of oyster performance in order to development geospatial management tools to inform management.

Research Publications Publication Date
La Peyre, M.K., Marshall, D.A., and Sable, S.E., 2021, Oyster model inventory: Identifying critical data and modeling approaches to support restoration of oyster reefs in coastal U.S. Gulf of Mexico waters: U.S. Geological SurveyOpen-File Report 2021–1063, 40 p., August 2021
Yurek S, Eaton MJ, Lavaud R, Laney RW, DeAngelis D, Pine III, WE, La Peyre MK, Martin J, Frederick P, Wang H, Lowe MR, Johnson F, Camp EV, Mordecai R. Modeling structural mechanics of oyster reef self-organization including environmental constraints and community interactions. Ecological Modelling 440:109389 | Abstract | Download January 2021
Theses and Dissertations Publication Date
Swam L. 2021. Effects of salinity on eastern oysters: locating lower salinity tolerant populations and defining resource zones suitable to restoration, fisheries, and aquaculture. LSU MS Thesis. August 2021