Wayfarer Environmental Technologies is the exclusive manufacturer and distributor of OysterBreak™ semi-artificial oyster reefs.  OysterBreak is a patented technology designed to use the oyster's inherent nature of clustering to enhance a strategic coastal protection structure for coastal and estuary shorelines. They may be applied to any shoreline project that calls for any combination of wave attenuation, and shoreline erosion mitigation. OysterBreak units are designed to serve dual functions by creating a reef structure for habitat and robust structure for shoreline protection. OysterBreak units may be custom designed to meet project and regional needs.

Vermilion Bay Project

The Nature Conservancy contracted Wayfarer Environmental Technology to install 5' diameter OysterBreak rings in a project to protect the shoreline of the National Audubon Paul J. Rainey Wildlife Refuge within Southwest Pass Bay by building semi-artificial oyster reefs. The OysterBreak reef component rings are made of patent-pending OysterKrete. OysterKrete attracts oysters and provides the perfect habitat for new oysters.

Over one to two years the significant oyster formations cement the OysterBreak components into a continuous, integral reef which mitigates wave action, stabilizes shorelines, reduces shoreline erosion and creates more habitat for local wildlife including sport fish attracted by the large oyster population.

The unique, patented design of OysterBreak rings allows easy manufacturing.  OysterBreak components can be inventoried local to the site or local to cost-effective transportation sites.  Local inventories of OysterBreak rings speeds up installation and holds down installation costs.


March 27, 2015

ORA Estuaries wins Big Idea with coastal erosion-fighting oysters

Tyler Ortego, ORA Estuaries, will get $25,000 to help build more protective oyster reefs along Louisiana's eroding coastline. The Big Idea was the grand finale of New Orleans Entrepreneur Week, which drew hundreds of entrepreneurs from across the region for a week of pitches, workshops and keynote talks.

 - Original article by Jennifer Larino, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune.