Manokin River Restoration

Large-scale restoration efforts began in 2021 in the Manokin River sanctuary. The initial implementation phase of the restoration project is anticipated for completion in 2025​, with a total of 441 acres of reef restored.

The restoration plan for the Manokin River may be found here​


Planned Groundtruthing Survey Schedule
Timeframe Fall 2019 Spring 2020 Fall 2020 Spring 2021 Fall 2021 Spring 2022 Fall 2022
Seed Only
Acreage
75 acres
completed
80 acres
completed
79 acres
ongoing
80 acres
planned
Substrate
and Seed
Acreage
94 acres
completed
112 acres
completed
127 acres
planned
 

Restoration sites are identified as ‘seed only’ restoration (hatchery-produced spat-on-shell added to existing remnant reefs) or ‘substrate + seed’ restoration (adding reef-building substrate to the reef footprint, followed by planting with hatchery-produced spat-on-shell) or ‘premet’ (sites that already meet the Oyster Metrics target oyster density (50+ oysters per m2) and oyster biomass (50+ grams per m2) and not slated to receive initial restoration). Site treatments may change based annual pre-restoration groundtruthing survey results.

Below is an interactive map with potential restoration reefs in the Manokin River Sanctuary. The legend and layers are located in the upper right hand corner. You can click on a reef to see more information.  The information on the map was last updated in January 2022​.​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​


The pre-construction groundtruthing reports can be found here, Fall 2019, Spring 2020, Fall 2020, and Spring 2021.