ALL ABOUT OYSTERS
Life Cycle of Oysters
1 adult oyster filters up to 50 gallons of water a day
The Importance of Oysters
Oysters and oyster reefs provide numerous environmental and economic benefits. According to the Connecticut Shellfish Restoration Guide oysters provide the following “ecosystem services”.
Coastal Habitat Provision: Reef-forming species such as oysters create habitats that provide a refuge, reproduction, and foraging habitat for fish and invertebrates.
Improved Water Quality: Filter-feeding shellfish help combat the negative impacts of excessive nutrients and clarify the water by consuming microscopic algae and storing excess nitrogen. Additionally, oyster reefs can sequester carbon
Shoreline Stabilization: The natural reefs that oysters create provide structural integrity where land meets the sea, stabilizing and protecting it from erosion.
Shellfish Production: Commercial aquaculture is a $25 million industry, provides local food and jobs, and recreational shellfish production supports tourism and contributes more than $2 million to the local economy.
Fisheries Production: The abundance of marine life increases with oyster density, and many of these non-shellfish species are of commercial or recreational value.
*Source - Connecticut Shellfish Restoration Guide