The Great American Oyster Collapse

Willapa Bay, southwest Pacific coast of Washington state. Photo source: ©© Sam Beebe


Vast swathes of Willapa bay, in the northwestern US state of Washington, are exposed at low tide, making it an ideal place for oyster cultivation. It’s one of the most productive oyster farming areas in the US.

But just over 10 years ago, the dynamic in the bay and other parts of the Pacific Northwest changed: Oysters started dying off, a development believed to be linked to climate change…

While scientists have linked climate change and pollution of the world’s oceans to problems with oysters and corals, there are still questions about how other species of ocean life will be affected…

Read Full Article, AlJazeera

Oysters Disappearing Worldwide: Study, Science Daily (02-03-2011)
A new, wide-ranging survey that compares the past and present condition of oyster reefs around the globe finds that more than 90 percent of former reefs have been lost in most of the bays and ecoregions where the prized molluscs were formerly abundant…

Oyster Shells Are an Antacid to the Oceans, The New York Times (05-20-2013)
By studying oyster populations in relation to acidity levels, a team of researchers has concluded that oysters, particularly their shells, can play a significant role in reducing the increasing ocean’s acidity…

Texas Oyster Reef Restoration Project Begins In Gulf Of Mexico, Huffington Green

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