St Marys Riverkeeper
May 11, 2021
Volunteers from the St. Marys Riverkeeper joined students from the University of North Florida’s Coastal and Marine Biology Program on May 1 to work on a living shoreline coastal restoration project along the Old Town Fernandina waterfront on the Amelia River.
The is the second phase of the Living Shoreline project started in 2019. Altogether, more than 70 refurbished crab traps have been installed into the shoreline next to the Plaza Fernandina Historic State Park, where the project can be viewed at low- to mid- tide.
The Riverkeeper, Anna Laws, and groups of students from Dr. Kelly Smith’s biology classes will be visiting the sites throughout the summer to continue monitoring oyster and plant growth on the experimental structures.
Living shorelines are made of natural materials that improve water quality, provide fisheries habitat, increase biodiversity and promote recreation. The shoreline will function as a wave break to halt or slow erosion of the marsh while simultaneously providing oyster habitat and restore lost marsh vegetation.
To learn more, please read the articles at the St. Mary’s Riverkeeper website, stmaryriverkeeper.org
The St. Marys Riverkeeper (SMRK) is a nonprofit environmental organization devoted to protecting and enriching the St. Marys River watershed through water quality monitoring, education and advocacy.