An interdisciplinary team from the National Estuarine Research Reserves at San Francisco Bay and Elkhorn Slough, UC Davis, and the California Coastal Conservancy began this project in late 2011, with funding from the NERR Science Collaborative. This project characterized stressor levels (temp, salinity, dissolved oxygen, sedimentation, invasive species, others) at multiple sites in two California estuaries (San Francisco Bay, Elkhorn Slough), assessed native oyster populations at these sites and connectivity between them, and examined impacts of individual and combined stressors in laboratory experiments. The goal is to improve sustainability of Olympia oyster populations in the face of climate change by providing restoration and conservation planning tools. After 2+ years of field work at low tides and continuous lab studies that required long hours, we are excited to share our recent findings about the environmental conditions that are supportive vs. stressful to Olympia oysters, and which sites in central California are best for them.
You can access the full document and four appendices at www.oysters-and-climate.org.