Journal of NACAA

Excessive Freshwater: Expanded Utility Of Extension Programming In An Estuarine Environment

ISSN 2158-9429

Volume 15, Issue 2 - December 2022

Editor: Linda Chalker-Scott


We explore the utility of extension programming to demonstrate the consequences of environmental changes in our review of the Mississippi Oyster Gardening Program. Rainfall in the study area was not significantly corelated with near shore salinity, however, when including the freshwater discharge from the Bonnet Carre` spillway, we found a strong negative correlation between total freshwater input with near shore salinity. Low salinity and significant mortality reduced the restorative value of the extension effort but underscores an opportunity for stakeholders, exposed to the same impacts of the environmental changes, to become aware and apply adaptive management in near real time.

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