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Published on Nov 25, 2013
NOVEMBER 21, 2013—Barbara and Patrick Woodbury, marine biologists and clam and oyster growers in Wellfleet on Cape Cod, speak about shellfish aquaculture, sustainability and the key role bivalves play in coastal marine ecosystems. The life of a grower tracks the life cycle of the shellfish they grow. Follow the challenges of grower and grown from hatchery to harvest as sustainable seafood. The world-wide destruction of shellfish habitat and oyster reefs has put coastal marine ecosystems at risk. The Woodbury's will tell how keystone species like clams and oysters have a dramatic impact on improving water quality, increasing species diversity and reducing coastal erosion and describe how their own research on oyster larval recruitment will help with oyster restoration. Michael Tlusty, PhD, director of research at the New England Aquarium, provides an introduction.