Protecting Native Oysters In California – VIDEO


Just ahead of a major enhancement project in the San Francisco Bay, volunteers  anxious to protect the Bay’s ecology waded into the waters to move a huge population of native oysters out of the way of heavy machinery.

The Richardson Bay Audubon Center & Sanctuary is about to start a large-scale restoration of Aramburu Island, a 17-acre man-made spit tucked inside the northwest corner of Richardson Bay, itself part of the San Francisco Bay.

Aramburu Island – Hardly Noticed Until The Cosco Busan Oil Spill

The island was hardly noticed until the freighter Cosco Busan dumped 58,000 gallons of bunker oil near the Bay Bridge in 2007. When Richardson Bay Audubon staff and volunteers went out in boats looking for oiled and sick birds, they were surprised to find western and Clark’s grebes, ruddy ducks, and surf scoters–birds that only come to shore when stressed–taking refuge on Aramburu.

Now, Audubon and the county are embarking on a restoration project to stabilize the eroding eastern shoreline, enhance wetland and terrestrial habitats to encourage seabird and seal use, and redesign the terrain to provide resilience in the face of sea-level rise.

Wading Into Cold Waters To Save The Oysters

And that’s why all these activists stepped into the cold waters of the Bay last week to save the oysters. Check out the video here:

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Charlie Parkinson

Never thought I'd see the day that people were actually concerned about if we could just get them to show the same concern for the mammals they eat, i.e., cows, chickens, pigs, lambs, fish......

Akin Adelakun
Akin Adelakun6 years ago


Lilithe Magdalene

Leave it to San Franciscans to do something like this - these people are serious about their bay. Still seems strange to build an island that is man made and going through it;s own natural erosion, though. Seems a little invasive. But perhaps this is better in the long run - I am sometimes wary of humans improving on nature. Maybe this is a healthy balance.

mary l.
mary l6 years ago


Alicia N.
Alicia N6 years ago

noted with many thanks

Barbara Brown
Barbara Brown6 years ago

Awesome article. Kudos to the Richardson Bay Audubon Center and Sanctuary!!! Goes to show EVERYONE what voluteering and HARD WORK accomplishes!!!

Ruth S.
Ruth C6 years ago

Protect the wildlife that is the Important part!

Jessica O.
Jessica O6 years ago

Now if everyone did this it would be amazing!

Debb L.
Debb L6 years ago

Excellent! It should be always done like that. Oysters appreciate it. And we appreciate it with applauds. I strongly believe it is our responsible duty to take care of every natures on this planet.The politicians should be responsible too. Well Done on you all activists!

Monica D.
Monica D6 years ago

It is important to protect natural areas and wildlife. I do have the concern however that it is often not worthwhile to try to combat natural erosion of coastlines by the sea. I note that the island is itself manmade also. I am glad that they are working to save the oysters.