San Rafael Bay Oyster Bed/Eelgrass Pilot Project 

California State Coastal Conservancy 

Beginning in 2012, the California State Coastal Conservancy advanced San Francisco Bay restoration efforts with a project to analyze subtidal restoration techniques and restore critical eelgrass and oyster habitat, while learning more about the potential physical benefits of biological reefs along the shoreline. A pilot project was conducted in San Rafael Bay and along the Hayward shoreline. The project tested planting and placement of eelgrass units with various oyster substrate units to compare growth rates, densities and recruitment. Findings from the pilot project have been used to inform subsequent projects.

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