Mobile, AL - Volunteers from across the country are
rebuilding oyster reefs along the Gulf of Mexico's delicate
shoreline, hoping to revive oyster beds under assault for decades
from overharvesting, coastal development, pollution, and most
recently the BP oil spill.
The waters harbor much of the world's last remaining productive
natural oyster beds, but BP PLC's April 20 oil well blowout dumped
millions of gallons of crude into the Gulf and dealt yet another
blow to the once bountiful habitat.
This weekend, volunteers from across the country descended on
Mobile Bay with 23,000 bags of oyster shells aimed at eventually
creating 100 miles of new oyster reefs near the shoreline. The goal
is to help replenish oyster reefs that serve to promote new growth
and help protect coasts.
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