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.
The Department of Natural Resources started using a helicopter Thursday to lower pallets of oyster shells in Glynn County tidal creeks that once teemed with the bivalve mollusks. The recycled oyster shells will become a foundation where oyster larvae can attach themselves and form living reefs.