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Inaugural Project

For its inaugural project, the Honda Marine Science Foundation partnered with the UC Santa Barbara Bren School of Environmental Science & Management on a research initiative that sought to provide a framework for future Southern California oyster restoration efforts. A group of Bren School students researched the Olympia oyster for a year to educate the public on the benefits of restoring native oyster populations for shoreline stabilization.

The students published their thesis in June 2017, concluding that large-scale Southern California oyster restoration is both viable and valuable.

2018 Projects

The Honda Marine Science Foundation has selected three projects to support in 2018: San Francisco Bay Transition Zone Restoration Project, Sunlight Shores Living Shoreline Restoration Project and Upper Newport Bay Living Shorelines Project. All three projects are centered on living shorelines along the West Coast.

The San Francisco Bay project from Save The Bay is a regional effort focused on wetlands restoration, enhancement and maintenance in transition zones between the tidal marsh and the terrestrial environment. The Sunlight Shores project will work to increase the amount of living shoreline in the Northwest Straits region of the Puget Sound by removing manmade shoreline structures like cement and log piles and converting the areas back to natural shoreline. And Orange County Coastkeeper is leading the Upper Newport Bay project, where it will concentrate on oyster and eelgrass restoration to stabilize local shorelines.

Additional Projects

Planning and Incentivizing Native Olympia Oyster Restoration in Southern California

From British Columbia to Baja California Restoring The Olympia Oyster (Ostrea lurida)

Aquarium Forum: Sato-Umi in the Anthropocene

Aquatic Academy: Redrawing the Map of the World's Coastlines

From British Columbia to Baja California Restoring The Olympia Oyster (Ostrea lurida)

Sato-umi in the Anthropocene