Why Oysters are the Answer

Oysters are the answer! That is the current mantra of everyone from scientists to watermen and concerned citizens, as more and more people take on the responsibility of preserving our environment.

The magic of oysters is the magic of filtration. Take an oyster, plant it in a brackish habitat, and in time it can filter as much as 50 gallons of water a day. Plant thousands of oysters, and you can significantly improve water quality and clarity. Their effectiveness is so impressive, in fact, that many experts consider a thriving population to be vital to the lifeline of the Chesapeake Bay.

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Both tanks in this video are filled with water and algae from the Severn River in Maryland. The tank on the left holds 20 mature oysters. Time lapse was five hours.

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