• The Apalachicola Bay System Initiative

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ABSI Mission:  The Apalachicola Bay System Initiative (ABSI) seeks to gain insight into the root causes of decline of the bay's ecosystem and the deterioration of oyster reefs.  Ultimately, the ABSI will develop a management and restoration plan for the oyster reefs and the health of the bay.

This will be accomplished by understanding the trajectory of change in physical structure and water flow over time, monitoring oyster recruitment and survival, and conducting laboratory and field experiments that inform predictive models of oyster productivity and ecosystem health. The ultimate outcome will be a plan – a treatment plan of action, if you will – for the management and recovery of the oyster reefs and the health of the Bay. Thanks to the generous funding by Triumph Gulf Coast, Inc., FSU will be able to develop such a plan in concert with the agencies responsible for the management and conservation of the region, the stakeholders whose lives are tied inextricably to these waters, and the natural and social scientists whose research will help inform the resulting policy decisions. See the full proposal here.

The scientific and logistical hub of ABSI is the Florida State University Coastal & Marine Laboratory located in St. Teresa, Franklin County, Florida.

Questions?  Email us at fsucml-absi@fsu.edu


JOB OPENINGS - We currently seek to fill an ABSI position for Oyster Hatchery Manager.  Visit this site for a description: https://marinelab.fsu.edu/people/job-openings/#oyster-hatchery.

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