The Matagorda Bay Foundation has partnered with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Coastal Program, Texas General Land Office, and Trull Foundation on a project to protect important tidal wetlands habitats and restore a large oyster reef complex damaged by hurricane Claudette in 2003. The project also provides significant secondary benefits and serves as protection from wave energy for a series of fragile shell ridges, and shallow bay habitats in the adjacent Coon Island Bay complex. Historically Oliver Point and Oliver Reef served as natural breakwaters, the first line of defense, against erosive wave energy destined for the habitats and shorelines north of Oliver Point. This project is the first stage of a multi-staged habitat protection plan to protect, enhance, and restore the shell ridges and wetlands at Coon Island Bay. If you'd like more information or would like to donate to this effort, please click on the "Donate" tab on our website.