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Marine Fisheries - Beach Nourishment

Marine Fisheries

Beach Nourishment


Habitats Affected: Water column, soft bottom, ocean hard bottom

Common Sources: Nourishment projects on ocean-facing beaches

Impacts

  • Partial or complete burial of nearby hard bottom areas with redistributed sediment
  • Increased turbidity in water column
  • Physical disturbance to mining (“borrow”) sites
  • Direct mortality of important food resources for fish and shorebirds, including mole crabs, coquina clams and amphipods.

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