Interview of the Week: Anne Birch

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!

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