Fletcher School Of Government
The event was terrific as Stefanie had oysters on site, gave an oyster shucking lesson and
there was broad participation of the 40 people in attendance. They both shucked and consumed with enthusiasm. Yet when the last shell was empty, there was not a nick or a scrape on any one's hands.
|The oyster chucking lesson|
|Fletcher student enjoying an oyster with the shell going into the bucket for recycling.. |
The presentation was different from the
standard oyster discussion in that it went beyond the standard benefits of
oysters in supporting 100 other forms of sea-life and enhancing water quality.
Instead we discussed the policy challenges with oyster
restoration in Massachusetts and how the different states on the Easter
Seaboard have radically different policies interpreting Federal Laws and
working with regulations in different manners. For example, in New York, there
is active restoration going on in the polluted waters close to Manhattan. While on the other side of the Statue of
Liberty across Raritan Bay in New Jersey, that State has shut down almost all
The students asked many insightful questions and made some
very help suggestions and ideas.It was a wonderful evening of information and conviviality.
|Student in a Vintage Mass Oyster Hat smiles after enjoying an oyster|
We also recycled the shells for our shell recycling project which is gaining steam.