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Oysters: Delicious and Invaluable

Oysters: Delicious and Invaluable

Every single person in this country has a vested interest in the viability of our coastal communities. These coastal communities are home to a growing number of Americans, support our food and energy needs, and contribute millions to our annual economy. The coast also serves as cultural touchstones for so many of us—who can forget their first time seeing the ocean or wriggling their toes in the sand?

This is one of the many reasons The Nature Conservancy in Texas has worked hard to restore Half Moon Reef, a historic oyster reef located in Matagorda Bay. Oysters are one of the Gulf’s most important inhabitants—those little bivalves are not only delicious, they also act as a natural water filtration system. The Gulf of Mexico is the final outlet for 207 estuaries and more than 30 major river systems in this country, including the mighty Mississippi River; oysters strip nutrients and impurities from those millions of gallons of freshwater flowing daily into the Gulf. With Half Moon Reef, we plan to not only construct a viable habitat for oysters (and various other marine life), but to help restore the Texas Gulf Coast to ensure protection against hurricanes and tropical storms well into the future.

The Conservancy has previously constructed new oyster beds and restored existing reefs along the upper and lower Texas coast, but the 45-acre Half Moon Reef will be the Conservancy’s first reef constructed from the ground up. It’s also one of the largest restoration projects around the country, said Boze Hancock, research scientist for the Conservancy’s Global Marine Team.”We are not [just] restoring oysters, we are restoring habitat,” he added.

Intrigued by Half Moon Reef? Want to learn more? Hear about all the incredible details in this video!

 

photo: Oyster Lake © Jerod Foster

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6:20AM PDT on Jul 6, 2014

No, thanks. I've eaten only one oyster in my life, which was many years ago, and I don't want to continue!

2:17PM PDT on Jul 3, 2014

In my partying years (when I was much younger), they went down pretty good with boilermakers and tabasco sauce. I'm so glad that now I know they are very useful in helping restore our habitat. No more oysters and boilermakers.

12:43PM PDT on Mar 10, 2014

Thanks for sharing!!

10:16PM PST on Mar 2, 2014

Oysters deep fried in batter wonderful

12:30AM PST on Feb 17, 2014

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10:11PM PST on Feb 16, 2014

I am scared of oysters, so I don't eat them, but I know a lot of people who really love them. I would be totally fine with just leaving them be, but I won't begrudge everyone else the delicacy. They really should be eaten in moderation, though, like all animals.

8:37AM PST on Feb 13, 2014

Thank you for posting.

12:47PM PST on Feb 12, 2014

Oysters serve a multitude of purposes.

The reefs protect the shore, but they also serve to protect young fish until they're reade to venture out on their own.

8:22AM PST on Feb 12, 2014

Yes, this is not so much about eating oysters but what little powerhouses of ocean cleaners, therefore how important they are to our ecosystem.

4:58AM PST on Feb 6, 2014

I love oysters however l think that certain other breeders discovered some oysters died at a certain kind of disease which annihilated the entire crop or production where he is facing severe hardship. It was discovered that all other otters flourished but it was discovered after the fact and with many tests that this particular oyster is prone to dying leaving a totally empty shell.
I thought that was interesting to read about and file in my trivia file.

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