ECOSYSTEMS & HABITATS
The maintenance and restoration of healthy ecosystems is fundamental to life along Louisiana’s Gulf coast. Coastal development, overfishing, sea level rise, coastal subsidence, loss of barrier islands, and other factors have resulted in water quality degradation and hypoxia, decline of fisheries, wetlands loss, proliferation of invasive species, reduced storm and surge protection and a host of other challenges. Louisiana’s invaluable coastal wetlands and forests have suffered most severely from the combined effects of man’s activities and nature’s whims. To restore and preserve the state’s coastal ecosystems, Louisiana Sea Grant promotes innovative research that increases understanding of ecosystem function and implementation of appropriate designs for restoring lost function.