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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!
UNESCO has launched a new program to collect, analyze, and monitor environmental DNA (AKA eDNA) to better understand biodiversity at its marine World Heritage sites. Scientists will collect genetic material from fish cells, mucus, and waste across multiple locations along with eDNA from soil, water, and air. The two-year project will help experts assess […]
It’s about time we had a conversation about the birds and the bees…or in this case, the otters and the seagrass. A new study found that the ecological relationship between sea otters and the seagrass fields where they make their home is spurring the rapid reproduction of the plants. Otters dig up about 5% of […]
By Amy Lupica, ODP Daily Editor An abandoned oil tanker off the coast of Yemen is deteriorating rapidly, and experts say that a hull breach could have far-reaching environmental impacts and threaten millions of people’s access to food and water supplies. The FSO SAFER tanker holds 1.1 million barrels of oil — more than four […]
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