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HEALTH AND DISTRIBUTION OF OYSTERS AT JOHN D. MACARTHUR BEACH STATE PARK

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2019
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In Fall 2018, John D. MacArthur Beach State Park’s estuary was surveyed to determine the health and distribution of their oysters. These organisms provide important ecological functions, so their populations are an important reflection on the health of the estuary. Hypothesis one is to determine oyster health by comparing environmental conditions, oyster densities, shell heights, and condition indexes today to a 2010 survey. The second hypothesis is to determine where oysters congregate, either on soft or hard substrates or in different estuary zones. Environmental data was taken once a month, two condition indexes were calculated, and densities and shell heights were measured across the estuary once. Research has predicted a decrease in oyster populations, but this study found little health changes in the last decade. Higher oyster densities were found on hard substrates near the boardwalk, suggesting a future 2019 oyster restoration project should focus here.
Title: HEALTH AND DISTRIBUTION OF OYSTERS AT JOHN D. MACARTHUR BEACH STATE PARK.
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Name(s): Clinton, Haley , author
Moore, Jon, Thesis advisor
Florida Atlantic University, Degree Grantor
Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College
Type of Resource: text
Genre: Thesis
Date Created: 2019
Date Issued: 2019
Publisher: Florida Atlantic University
Place of Publication: Jupiter, Florida
Physical Form: application/pdf
Extent: 45 p.
Language(s): English
Abstract/Description: In Fall 2018, John D. MacArthur Beach State Park’s estuary was surveyed to determine the health and distribution of their oysters. These organisms provide important ecological functions, so their populations are an important reflection on the health of the estuary. Hypothesis one is to determine oyster health by comparing environmental conditions, oyster densities, shell heights, and condition indexes today to a 2010 survey. The second hypothesis is to determine where oysters congregate, either on soft or hard substrates or in different estuary zones. Environmental data was taken once a month, two condition indexes were calculated, and densities and shell heights were measured across the estuary once. Research has predicted a decrease in oyster populations, but this study found little health changes in the last decade. Higher oyster densities were found on hard substrates near the boardwalk, suggesting a future 2019 oyster restoration project should focus here.
Identifier: FAUHT00072 (IID)
Degree granted: Thesis (B.A.)--Florida Atlantic University, Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College, 2019.
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