Coastal areas are home to a wealth of natural and economic resources and are frequently the most developed areas. This narrow fringe, comprising 17 percent of the contiguous U.S. land area, is home to more than half of the nation's population (NOS, 2011).
Considering these numbers, it is crucial that consideration is given to human impact on the coastal ecosystems as well as efforts to improve these same watersheds. Environmental problems include high levels of nitrogen and phosphorus. Two major areas of concern have been identified as critical issues for Delaware's Inland Bays — eutrophication and habitat loss (EPA, 2011).
To this end, for the past nine years, oyster gardening continues to be a part of the restoration of the Inland Bays in Delaware.
The remainder of the study can be read in the application note Guaging Social and Economic Benefits of Oyster Gardening Restoration in Delaware Inland Bays.
Measuring Water Quality During Oyster Restoration Efforts in Delaware Bay
September 12, 2012 - YSI multiparameter handheld instrument is used by scientists and volunteers to assess water quality conditions during oyster restoration efforts.