Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Why every coastal town should encourage oyster placement in its waters!

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.  

You can click on the image to blow it up.


  1. Oysters are good for many people and I like oysters very much. Delicious and useful in some areas.

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  2. "Brilliant insights! Oyster aquaculture's dual benefit of nitrogen removal and economic opportunity is a game-changer. With its growth in the Chesapeake Bay and potential for wider adoption, it's high time we embrace this solution for healthier coastal ecosystems and local economies."
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