Jun 19, 2020
“Impacts of Oyster Aquaculture on Subaqueous Soils and Infauna” with Chelsea Duball.
Oysters are praised as ecosystem engineers, not only for their filter feeding, which draws particulate matter and nutrients out of the water, but also for their ability to create natural structures in the wild that can protect against storm surges on the coasts. But, as they expel excess nutrients that they don’t use, is there a potential for an environmental tradeoff, either in soil health or on the other creatures that live within these ecosystems? Chelsea Duball and her team studied oysters in Rhode Island lagoons, researching how much feces oysters could produce at various stocking densities, the short term effects of those feces on soil health, and the long term effects those deposits could have on the tiny creatures that live within oyster farm soils.
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"Oysters Clear the Waters, but Do They Muddy the Soil?" CSA News article: https://doi.org/10.1002/csan.20167
Billion Oyster Project: https://www.billionoysterproject.org/
Billion Oyster Project Twitter: https://twitter.com/billionoyster
The Nature Conservancy Oyster Reef Restoration: https://www.nature.org/en-us/about-us/where-we-work/united-states/oyster-restoration/
99% Invisible Oyster-Tecture episode: https://99percentinvisible.org/episode/oyster-tecture/
99% Invisible Twitter: https://twitter.com/99piorg
One to Grow On/Sourceress podcast crossover episode: https://www.onetogrowonpod.com/oysters-real-oyster-cult-american-folk-revival-sourceress/
One to Grow On Podcast Twitter: https://twitter.com/onetogrowonpod
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