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Researcher and hands on oyster farmer, Ray Grizzle prepares a dock full of juvenile oyster for relocation to the wild. The new oysters will be moved further up into Great Bay, New Hampshire to grow and rebuild an existing reef.
After many years of decline the oysters of Great Bay are being restored in hopes of creating enough healthy osyters to maintain a robust population. Here is a juvenile oyster grown from a microscopic larvea and now being released into the wild.
Oysters being spread out onto an artificial reef in Great Bay, New Hampshire. The artificial reef was built with oyster shells collected from local restaraunts, washed and dumped in the bay to provide a substrate for juvenile oysters to attache to and further grow into adults, reproducing oysters.
The Great Bay of New Hampshire is between New Hamsphire and Maine, it once had incredible fish and oyster populations. Through development, pollution, disease and over harvesting the oyster population has dimished dramatically.
In an effort to stem the decline of teh population and help move the Grat Bay towards cleaner water and a more robust ecosystem multipule organizations are working together on this restoration project. The Nature Conservancy and The University of New Hampshire, together with other partners, are teaming up to rebuld degraded oyster reef habitat in the Piscataqua Region Estuary of New Hampshire and Maine. Thanks to support from dedicated members like you, the program has successfully restored more than eighteen acres of reef and 3.5M oysters to the system since 2009. Oysters are an ecological linchpin of the estuary, providing essential fish habitat and water quality regulation services. In recent years the team has scaled-up efforts, with as much as five acres and 1 million oysters restored annually.