This poster lays out the case for oysters in coastal estuaries beautifully. Fortunes are paid to remove it from sewage discharges, but oysters remove this harmful material for free. (We apologize to the authors for not linking to it on-line anywhere or if our reproduction is less esthetically pleasing. We did our best.)
Here are some interesting excerpts:
- Oyster aquaculture is an effective nitrogen removal method that could/should be used in combination with traditional measures in comprehensive nutrient management program.
- The U.S. is running a $16 billion trade deficit in seafood. (This is our national wealth draining away.)
- Since 2010 oyster aquaculture in the Chesapeake Bay has grown ten-fold.
A number of coastal towns face challenges with nitrogen levels in coastal waters. It is a particularly common problem on the Cape. It is only a matter of time before the MWRA and Boston begin looking at the Nitrogen water quality challenge.
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