Heather Spence, Marine Biologist
Orchestrating Coastal Marine Ecology Investigation and Outreach

Heather Spence, Marine Biologist

Support Native Oysters? Duh!

Still no decision has been made on whether asian oysters are going to be introduced into the Chesapeake bay. This would purposefully introduce a non-native species. All of the computer models in the world can’t negate that this is a BAD IDEA. You only have to look at the real issue at hand – support restoring the native oysters and protecting those we have, or try and “replace” them with something else?

FIRST of all, protect.  Then restore. Replacing is an absolute last resort, and we haven’t tried the first two yet!

For more on the oyster issue, check out The Nature Conservancy

And, for how to prioritize decisions like these, check out Protect, Restore, Replace

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