The federal government will spend $9 million to restore hurricane-damaged oyster reefs in Florida and three other gulf coast states.
Florida, Alabama, Mississippi and Louisiana sustained losses from Hurricane Ivan in September.
A special material will be placed on damaged reefs and monitored to assess oyster populations, settlement growth, survival rates and the stability of the restored reefs.
In Florida, reefs will be identified for restoration in the Escambia and East Bay sections of the Pensacola Bay system, Choctawhatchee Bay, the West, North and East Bay sections of St. Andrews Bay and Apalachicola Bay.
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