CCE Marine Fisheries staff have installed coir logs along the shoreline of Northport Harbor for their new project, “Community Sustainable Fisheries Initiative.” The coir (coconut fiber) logs used in this project were chosen because of their ability to provide suitable habitat for juvenile ribbed mussels. The project hopes to raise 1.5 million juvenile mussels at our shellfish hatchery which will then be seeded directly onto the coir logs. As the juvenile mussels establish themselves on the coir logs they will provide a means of bio-filtration to help reduce nitrogen levels in Northport Harbor. In addition, the coir logs will help to reduce erosion, attract other shellfish, and provide suitable habitat for cordgrasses thus restoring the undercut shoreline banks and tidal marshes located in the project area.
Last updated June 28, 2023