Did you know that oysters have the potential to both dramatically filter waterways and counteract ocean acidification? Here’s what the Mass Oyster Project says:
Each oyster can filter 40 gallons of water per day. An oyster reef can shelter up to 100 other species so they dramatically add to biodiversity. Oysters also sequester nitrogen in wastewater and each person creates 12 pounds per year. Oyster shells contain calcium carbonate a known buffer that can help offset ocean acidification.
Today, I went to a fundraiser for the Mass Oyster Project, a fantastic organization that is trying to seed new oyster beds and recycle oyster shells as new reefs in Massachusetts estuaries.