Health & Environment

Oysters Reintroduced to Boston Harbor

Oysters were reintroduced this morning into Boston Harbor from 601 Commercial Street in the North End by the Massachusetts Oyster Project. Initially, divers placed oyster cages in the harbor and then children distributed 50,000 oysters from boats.

Some oyster facts:

  • Each oyster filters 30 gallons of water per day
  • They once were present throughout the harbor system reaching the size of a shoe but went extinct in late 1800’s

The Harbor is coming back!

More information can be found at

Below is a short video of oysters cleaning water in Chesapeake Bay.

A nice slide show that explains the Boston situation:Oyster Restoration Boston Massachusetts

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