Living Shorelines Restoration
The Gulf of Mexico shoreline has been receding for decades due to reduced sedimentation, hurricane damage, plant loss, and anthropogenic pressure. This loss of habitat has proven to be detrimental to the fish and wildlife that depend on this wetland habitat for shelter, food, and breeding grounds.
Furthermore, it adversely affects the environment due to the significant reduction in the buffer zone between the coastal land and the marine environment. Plants and salt marsh grasses serve to filter land-runoff from residential and commercial areas, agricultural activities, and other industries that would otherwise reach and pollute the marine environment. This buffer zone also works in reverse as it protects the coastline, inhabitants, and infrastructure from wave energy, storm surges, and other sources of erosion. For these reasons third party coastal plant restoration efforts will be supported through Gulf Coast Marine Life Center’s Coastal Plant production facility.