Oyster Bed Restoration Among First Since Oil Spill

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

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.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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  • by Lip Cheese on Jan 24, 2011 at 05:19 PM
    Anonymous. Actually that's not true. Oysters have to be moved around to grow. My family farms the beds since the 1800's and in the off season (months without a R) they would "drag" the beds to spread them. We never had a problem until Government intervention by a bunch of Biologist's who did not know what they were talking about. Now, they have oyster replanting programs. That is the crock. The real culprit is pollution from upstream. Look at satellite photos of "dead zones" at the mouth of every river in America. But thank you for your educated comment!! Have a nice day.
  • by Anonymous on Jan 24, 2011 at 03:00 PM
    Lip Cheese, you are a crock. How about the damage and disturbance done to the immature oysters and larvae from the constant tonging and dragging of the beds? Sure you can only take a certain size oyster, but in the process overfishing those beds WILL result in the reduction/destruction of the productivity of the bed.
  • by Lip Cheese on Jan 24, 2011 at 07:32 AM
    You can not over harvest an oyster bed.given current legal size limits. More sly rhetoric by the left.
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