As a County committed to the protection and restoration of our environment, Martin County responded to the declining oyster population in both the St. Lucie and Loxahatchee estuaries by establishing the Oyster Reef Restoration Program. The two estuaries have followed the worldwide trend with oyster populations declining by as much as 90 percent. Restoration projects are vitally important to reviving these depleted oyster populations.
This program fosters significant long-term ecological improvements to the health of the estuaries and also provides vital recreational and economical benefits to the community. The oyster Reef Restoration program contributes to sustained effort toward meeting the Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan (CERP) goal to restore historic oyster population levels.