Study reveals growing interest in natural shorelines

4 Jul 2024


Promoting the idea of installing a living shoreline was once a losing battle.

Savanna Barry recalls a colleague who attempted to introduce the concept during a gathering of marine contractors about a decade ago.

“He was asked to leave,” said Barry, a Florida Sea Grant (FSG) regional Extension agent for the Nature Coast. “Late last year, the same organization invited him to come give a talk about living shorelines at their annual conference. So, there is a change in thinking about this.”

A growing number of contractors and private owners of coastal property are considering installing living shorelines, according to research Barry and her colleagues conducted and recently published in tandem with the Mississippi- Alabama Sea Grant Consortium.

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