The Alliance’s Wildlife & Fisheries Team recently contracted with Abt Associates to produce the guidebook, Understanding Nekton Use of Estuarine Habitats in the Northern Gulf of Mexico. This guidebook targets habitat-specific nekton use and recovery to help natural resource managers plan, implement, and evaluate habitat restoration and protection projects. Work supported could include setting restoration goals, designing projects, monitoring, and communicating project benefits.

With a focus on fish, shrimp, and crab use of restored oyster reefs, the project updated resources, analyzed data and developed this user-friendly guidebook. The guidebook summarizes key factors that affect nekton recovery following coastal habitat restoration projects.