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Published on Mar 2, 2011
NEW: The film was selected as the Best Conservation Film at the 40th Annual Benthic Ecology Meeting held in Mobile, Alabama March 16-20th.
Oysters are an important ecological and economic resource, providing many ecosystem services. Yet, oyster reefs are one of the most threatened marine habitats on earth, with an estimated 85% lost globally in recent decades. Sink Your Shucks introduces the first oyster recycling program in Texas, founded by Dr. Jennifer Beseres Pollack in 2009. Sink Your Shucks was directed by Lauren Hutchison, a graduate student at Texas A&M University- Corpus Christi (TAMUCC). Hutchison studies ecosystem-based management and ecosystem services and has a film degree from the University of Texas at Austin. The film was written by Brittany Blomberg, a doctoral student at TAMUCC, whose research focuses on oyster reef restoration. Animation was done by Tiara Marshall, an undergraduate student at Savannah College of Art and Design. For more information on the oyster recycling program, visit our website at www.oysterrecycling.org.