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Living Shorelines for Marine Contractors – Virtual Course this Month!!

 

A growing demand for living shorelines

Living shorelines are softer, greener alternatives to stabilize shorelines from erosion, sea level rise, and other damage. They protect, restore, or enhance natural shoreline habitat and maintain coastal processes through the strategic placement of plants, oyster shell, and other structural organic materials. Demand for these structures is increasing, and a new course offers a mechanism to increase the supply of contractors who can fill this need.

an aerial image of mandmade oyster reefs in front of a vegetation shoreline

A living shoreline site in Cedar Key, FL. Reef balls, beach enhancement, and marsh restoration combine to protect this shoreline the natural way. Photo: Dr. Mark Clark

Marine Contractor Living Shoreline Training Course

In 2019, The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) released a curriculum to help marine contractors learn to install living shorelines. The curriculum develops skills contractors need to design, permit, implement, monitor, and maintain living shorelines for property owners, either alone or in addition to an existing seawall or other structure.

This January 19-20th, 2021, Florida Sea Grant Agents are partnering to offer a virtual version of the course. The course will cover the entire curriculum created by FWC and include a self-guided shoreline site visit. Contractors, regulatory staff, and other living shoreline practitioners from around Florida are invited to participate in this course. The course fee includes a full-color copy of the manual, continuing education units (see below), and instructional resources. CLICK HERE TO REGISTER NOW!

contractors work in the water and on a barge to install large concrete domes

Contractors work to install concrete domes that form the basis of an oyster reef. Photo: Savanna Barry

Day 1 (Jan 19th) features live online content from 8:30 AM – 12:30 PM and Day 2 (Jan 20th) features live online content from 1 – 5 PM. In the intervening time (afternoon of Day 1 or morning of Day 2), participants will be asked to complete a shoreline site visit using materials presented in the curriculum. There are many living shoreline sites available to visit depending on where participants are based. Registrants will be given guidance on selecting a site to visit if they do not already have one in mind.

Continuing Education Credits offered:

  •  6 credits from the Construction Industry Licensing Board (CILB) (pending approval)
  •  6 credits from the SER’s Certified Ecological Restoration Practitioner (CERP) program

Questions can be directed to Savanna Barry (savanna.barry@ufl.edu), Armando Ubeda (aubeda@ufl.edu), or Vincent Encomio (vencomio@ufl.edu).

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