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.
Three Savannah non-profits are joining forces to promote heritage tourism in an off-the-beaten-path part of Chatham County. The Pin Point Heritage Museum, Bethesda Academy and Ossabaw Island Foundation announced a partnership on Friday to share expertise and resources.
An 8-mile-long strip of land on South Georgia's Altamaha River soon could be open to the public. The Nature Conservancy has bought a 6,000 acre tract known as Boyles Island in Wayne County. The $8 million-dollar purchase from timber giant Rayonier is expected to become a $4 million sale to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources.
Adult oysters filter about 50-gallons of water daily. After 10-years of study, scientists figured out a way to measure how much nitrogen an oyster removes from the water daily as it pumps it through its body.
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 national conservation group “American Rivers” named Georgia’s Chattahoochee River as one of “America’s Most Endangered” Tuesday. One of the reasons is a proposed reservoir in Hall County, and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is now considering public comments about that project.
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.
Oysters are important to the overall health of our near-shore ecosystems. They stabilize shorelines and filter water. But there’s another player in this coastal habitat that also has a big impact: crabs.