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Sustainable Shorelines Webinar: Synthesizing three decades of research on function and dysfunction o
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Pre-approved for 1.5 CECs under SER's CERP program

When: Friday, February 21, 2020
2:00 PM
Where: United States

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As one of three large estuaries in the Middle Atlantic Bight, the Hudson River’s estuary potentially provides nursery habitat to many estuarine-dependent coastal marine fish species, including those with economic and ecological importance. However, habitat function, specifically in roles of refuge, feeding, and connectivity to shore-side ecological subsidies, is compromised by historical engineered shoreline armoring and pier construction for human waterfront services. Accidental and intended naturalization is returning some of these functions, but they are fragmented and still few. Mitigations for other impacted (especially Pacific Northwest estuaries) is not always pertinent because of fundamental differences in ecological pressures of the Mid-Atlantic. I will discuss the current outlook on shoreline habitat in the industrialized Upper New York Harbor from the view point of 3 decades of sampling and experimental work in the region. Fish use of altered shorelines (bulkheads, rip-rap, piers and barges) and natural shallow areas will be discussed. Some mitigation measures will be discussed. Results point towards resilience due to life history traits evolved for dynamic systems, changing human priorities in New York Harbor, and a commitment to healthy ecosystem management. I posit that understanding the effects of scale on habitat mosaic processes remains among the most important area of research going forward on this subject .




Pre-approved for 1.5 CECs under SER's CERP program