Living Shoreline Initiative
Have you ever wondered what's under the water of San Francisco Bay? More than you might imagine, but not as much as there once was. Our Living Shoreline Initiative aims to help people appreciate the rich potential for healthy underwater habitats in the Bay and along its shoreline.
The Living Shoreline Initiative starts in the Bay, where we are building an oyster community. Oysters were once plentiful in the Bay. Overharvesting, degraded water quality and silting over of oyster habitat nearly destroyed our native oyster population. Together with concerned scientists of the San Francisco Bay Native Oyster Working Group and the help of educators, students and volunteers, we are working to restore that lost habitat.
Our Oyster Monitoring and Restoration Program includes classroom and outdoor experiential learning for youth, and volunteer restoration and monitoring activities for adults. The data that students and teachers collect helps scientists understand how best to restore native oysters to the San Francisco Bay and the critical role these bivalves play in the underwater web of life.