Juxtapositioned – Two Stories on The Importance of Shellfish

Two stories crossing paths today. First regarding the future of the Aquaculture Research Corporation Property:

Dennis shellfish hatchery plants seed for new life

And second, a competition entry called the Billion Oyster Project, which seeks to use oysters (shells and seed stock) to recreate oyster reefs in New York Harbor to protect New York City from future storms.

ARC currently provides 97% of the seed stock for commercial shell fishing in Massachusetts. Beyond shell fishing, oysters are being used in many creative ways up and down the east coast. Demand for oyster seed is growing as areas such as the Delaware Bay (2.4 million bushels of seed) and Chesapeake Bay water quality programs are turning to shellfish to reduce nitrogen levels by restoring shellfish populations.

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