Mechanical interventions using plastic or other manmade materials introduce more pollutants, leading to further degradation of the waters.
Florida waters are in trouble!
Increased population, decaying infrastructure, and increasing red tide and blue green algae blooms mean that our waterways are in trouble. Fish and other animals that live in the water are dying, and fish stocks have declined dramatically.
Not only is the natural beauty of our waterways threatened, our economy is at risk as well. In Florida, a state so heavily dependent on tourism, the loss of our aquatic environment could spell economic disaster.
Government agencies and concerned citizens are crying out for solutions.
But some proposed solutions can bring unintended consequences.
Oysters filter water naturally
How oysters filter and clean the water
Oysters are the natural solution
A single adult oyster can filter up to 500 gallons of water per day.
Oysters are nature's way of cleaning the water, but oyster habitats are declining worldwide.
The National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) National Marine Fisheries Service has identified oyster habitat restoration as a top national priority.