Pandemic-Hit Oyster Farmers Turn to Conservation to Survive

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Olds. When the pandemic hit, oyster farmers found, the restaurant says sold their bivalves had largely closed. Many face economic ruin until a conservation group along with two federal agencies offered to buy up millions of oysters in New England, the mid Atlantic and Washington state as part of a program to restore shellfish reach that 20 locations. The Nature Conservancy is spending $2 million over two years to buy more than five million oysters for restoration efforts. The oyster reefs provide critical habitat for fish and help protect shorelines from erosion. Oysters filter of pollutants in excess nutrients from

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