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Suncoast Meeting

 Wednesday, April 17, 2024, 7 pm

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"Living Shorelines", Brennan Wehrhahn

Brennan will be presenting on the benefits to native sea and shore grasses that result from living shorelines and oyster reef restoration projects.

"A living shoreline is a protected, stabilized coastal edge made of natural materials such as plants, sand, or rock. Unlike a concrete seawall or other hard structure, which impede the growth of plants and animals, living shorelines grow over time."

Brennan Wehrhahn has a BA in Maritime Studies, University of West Florida, 2018. He has experience in seagrass and submerged aquatic vegetation surveys, emergent and shoreline grasses surveys, oyster research and restoration, living shoreline restoration and survey, submerged hazardous material surveys, and water quality management. He has overseen and led teams of biologists to complete large-scale seagrass and oyster restoration projects across the state, including the largest oyster shoreline in Northwest Florida.

Mr. Wehrhahn has contributed to thousands of feet of restored oyster reef and was the first person in Hillsborough County to recycle oyster shell for conservation. He has conducted surveys for listed and protected species and conducted surveys and removal of invasive flora species statewide. Additional skills include project management, underwater survey, aquaculture, mitigation site monitoring, scientific and grant writing, removal of invasive lionfish, and vessel and equipment maintenance. Brennan has overseen marine conservation projects across the state, including the founding of a 501(c)(3) organization for the removal of marine pollution.

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