November 17, 2022Benefits Of Oyster Replenishment
Oysters have an enormous positive impact on Virginia’s environment. One adult oyster can filter up to 50 gallons of water per day! Oysters filter the water and, in the process remove harmful nutrient pollutants like nitrogen, and phosphorus, improve water clarity, control algae, while attracting other sea life. Oysters are a keystone species, meaning that other species depend on them, so their presence in an ecosystem is crucial for biodiversity within an estuary or coastal habitat. Oyster replenishment has been recognized by the Chesapeake Bay Foundation as a best management practice for the removal of nitrogen and phosphorus from the Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries. Oysters also take sediments out of the water column, which allows sunlight to shine through the water, helping marine grasses grow. Make sure to help your local commercial Oyster growers and harvesters who are growing these delicious and environmentally conscious Virginia Oysters.