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The Timbalier Islands are located between the Terrebonne/Timbalier Bays in southeastern Louisiana and the Gulf of Mexico. They include East Timbalier Island, Timbalier Island and Last Island to the west. The islands are part of the chain of barrier islands in Lafourche and Terrebonne Parishes that front Timbalier Bay. The islands provide a line of defense against waves from the Gulf of Mexico and protect an extensive estuarine system and the mainland marshes in the Terrebonne and Barataria basins. These islands have suffered from severe erosion and years of storm damage and there are currently various projects to sustain them and restore their coastal habitat. They provide valuable habitat for migratory birds, nesting shorebirds and waterfowl, as well as aquatic nursery habitats for fish and shellfish.
Nearest Largest City: New Orleans, Louisiana, USA
According to a survey taken by the Louisiana Conservation Magazine, Timbalier Island and its bays rate the most productive for speckled trout out of all the other US states along the Gulf of Mexico combined. Salt marshes and grasses are the most common vegetation. The marsh areas on the island provide nursery grounds for shrimp and many other types of finfish that find their way to and from the Gulf on strong moving tides.
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Keywords: Speckled trout, Finfish, Shrimp, Salt marsh, Salt grass, Waterfowl, Migratory bird, Nesting shorebird
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