Researchers at the University of Georgia Marine Extension in Savannah worked for many years to grow a more commercially-viable Georgia oyster. When they succeeded, a trio of entrepreneurs waded into the oyster business.
A team of Alabama-based scientists says, there's a limit to how much pollution oysters can clean up. Researchers with Auburn University and the Dauphin Island Sea Lab spent ten years looking into how much nitrogen an oyster removes from water daily as it pumps it through its body. Nitrogen fuels algae growth and can lead to dead zones in the waters where oysters live.
Officials recently certified a new device that helps endangered sea turtles escape from shrimp nets. The device satisfies conservation groups that want to protect sea turtles. Shrimpers don't like having to shift through bycatch or throw-away sea creatures that end up in their nets.
A coastal-area environmental group and five public agencies have come together to clear up confusion about fish advisories in the Brunswick area. The partnership aims to put in one place the myriad advice fishermen receive about which fish to eat, where to catch them and how much is too much. State officials produce a 60 page book on the topic.