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Tiny oysters play big role in stabilizing eroding shorelines

Wayne Parry of AP News writes on tiny oysters that are stabilizing eroding shorelines.

The C3 Take
  • Coastal communities are using oysters to protect shorelines.
  • In New Jersey the American Littoral Society built steel wire cages and filled them with rocks and oyster covered whelk shells which will reduce the impacts of storm surges and rising sea levels.
  • The project will also purify water, as a single oyster can filter up to 50 gallons of water per day.

“Projects like this one are an important part of New Jersey’s coastal resilience program — using plants and shellfish beds to create ‘living shorelines’ that complement engineered structures like sea walls and bulkheads to protect homes and people.”

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