How Oyster Farming Can Help Wild Oysters Survive (and Clean Up Our Water)

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I've never been a huge fan of oysters. But this video argues that even those of us who don't indulge in these slimy little shellfish should still be grateful for the service they provide to our coastal environments.

We have, of course, already posted on "oyster gardeners" who are rebuilding populations in the Chesapeake Bay, not to mention oyster shell recycling programs that provide habitat for oysters to thrive.

While the over harvesting of oysters is undoubtedly a very serious issue, The Perennial Plate's latest episode—which features a visit with the team at Rappahannock River Oysters (which grows only native species of oyster)—suggests that responsible, careful commercial oyster operations can be a part of the solution, not just a part of the problem. Not only can growers of native oysters boost wild populations, but they are helping to clean up the water in the process.

As for Daniel's willful disregard of the well-being of his camera person (and better half), the less said about that the better.

Tags: Activism | Conservation | Fish | Local Food | United States

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