This Is The Scary Reason Why We Need More Oyster Bars In America
Regardless if you love eating oysters or you love fishing for inshore fish around oyster bars (or both), this is a must listen to podcast episode.
Because the numbers surrounding the decline in oyster habitats are downright SHOCKING.
Did you know that most oyster habitats are down anywhere from 50-80% over the last 50-60 years?
That’s a pretty scary statistic when you consider how important oysters are to our oceans, estuaries, and fisheries.
Here are some other critical reasons why we need some serious oyster restoration in America (stats from floridaocean.org)
- They filter and clean water – A single adult oyster can filter up to 50 gallons of water per day!
- They provide food and habitat for hundreds of species
- They stabilize shorelines and reduce erosion
- They are the most important commercial bivalve in the world
- Over the last 60+ years, the St. Lucie River has lost over 80% of its oyster reef habitat, primarily due to poor water quality and low salinity levels.
The good news is that numerous marine biologist, scientists, universities, and state governments are working on oyster restoration projects right now.
But there is A LOT of work to do if we are going to reverse this downward trend of oyster beds going by the wayside.
So we had Hannah Brown from the University of Florida (and writer for TheMarjorie.org) on the Fish Strong podcast show to tell us everything that is going on behind the scenes when it comes to oyster restoration.
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If you’ve noticed a decline in oyster bars around where you fish, it’s not just your imagination…
Oyster bars are dying and getting eliminated at an alarming rate, and if it keeps up, there will hardly be any oysters around for our waters (or our bellies).
The good news is that numerous experts are working on oyster restoration projects and coming up with some pretty creative ideas to buck the trend.
A huge thanks to Hannah Brown from the University of Florida for coming on the show.
You can read more about Hannah’s project here on the Nature Coast Biological Station blog.
And definitely check out the amazing stories about Florida women doing amazing things by Hannah, Becca, and Anna over at TheMarjorie.org
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