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Shell Game: recycling oyster shells to restore oyster beds

In many places where oysters once thrived, baby oysters are missing something that they need in order to grow: the shells of their ancestors. I know it sounds sort of romantic or symbolic, but it is literally the… Read More
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NOAA Announces its New Policy on Aquaculture: there’s no there there

Lots of people have told me that they aren’t sure what to make of aquaculture. Having heard that some kinds of fish farming are deleterious to the environment, some people assume that all farming of fish and shellfish… Read More
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Hey, NOAA! Just exactly how endangered does a tuna have to be???

  One day many, many years ago I picked up a book of autobiographical essays by a young impoverished single mother. One of the essays was about her experience of applying for a grant for young impoverished single… Read More
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The world is your oyster (once you know the oysters of the world…)

I didn’t always like oysters. I had one once in my youth – at a bar in Denver – not exactly a Mecca for oyster aficionados. The sad, tired, and probably homesick oyster was lackluster at best, and… Read More
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