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Oysters are the unsung heroes of our oceans and estuaries. A single oyster can filter 50 gallons of water each day, while oyster reefs help protect coastal communities from erosion and storm surges and provide other marine species with habitat.
In Pensacola, FL, The Nature Conservancy is leading the effort to place 33 oyster reefs along 6.5 miles of shoreline in Santa Rosa County with funds from the BP Deepwater Horizon criminal settlement. This project has been 11 years in the making and is helping to restore oyster reefs destroyed by the spill so that jobs and marine ecosystems can make a comeback as well.
We had a chance to chat with TNC Marine Program Manager, Anne Birch, about the Pensacola project how these nature-based solutions help support local communities. Take a watch!
By Amy Lupica, ODP Daily Editor Research has found that smoke and ash from Australia’s massive 2019 and 2020 wildfires triggered widespread algal blooms thousands of miles away. The Duke University-led study reported that the phenomenon could be effective in sequestering additional carbon, but algal blooms can also be toxic and devastating to wildlife and […]
You may remember our special Earth Day interview with Friend of the Planet, Brian Skerry. Well, he’s in the news again, but this time for working on the Emmy Award-winning documentary, Secrets of the Whales. The four-part series explores the complex lives of five whale species, including orcas, humpbacks, belugas, narwhals, and sperm whales. […]
By Ashira Morris, ODP Staff Writer A motion rejecting deep-sea mining was largely supported by delegates at the IUCN World Conservation Congress, currently meeting in Marseille, France. The motion calls for a moratorium on extracting minerals from deep below the ocean surface, as well as reforms for the International Seabed Authority, which is responsible for […]
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