In estuaries worldwide, the loss of salt marshes and oyster reefs has been alarming, especially along high-energy coastlines. To dampen boak wake and wave stress, mitigate erosion, and restore oysters, managers have been using more natural bank stabilization techniques - referred to as living shorelines - adjacent to salt marsh edges. These efforts have largely been unsuccessful in achieving coastal management goals under the most destructive, high-energy conditions. A 2015 Collaborative Research project led by the University of Florida and the Guana Tolomato Matanzas Reserve is testing the efficacy of a new strategy for protecting coastal habitat in high-energy environments, integrating engineering and ecological approaches by deploying "gabion-breaks" (a hybrid method for building living shorelines to protect and restore coastlines).
This video discusses the project and details the construction and installation process for gabion-breaks. It serves as a useful resource for others interested in learning more about gabion-breaks or installing them in their own area.