Oysters filter 50 gal of sea water per day! … watch

A single oyster can filter up to 50 gal water/day!  Pretty amazing!  Watch this video to see it in action courtesy of the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, CBF (http://tinyurl.com/py7657z)

 

Apparently, eastern oysters were once abundant in the Chesapeake.  Unfortunately, according to a 2011 report from the MD department of Resources, the Chesapeake Bay eastern oyster population has declined 98% since colonial times. Unsurprisingly, this is due in part to over harvesting, habitat destruction, & water pollution.  Although, disease also played a role in the late 1980’s according to the CBF.

I had know idea oysters were so prevalent in the Chesapeake.  Given their extraordinary filtering capabilities, developing a sustainable oyster population is seen as a way to help keep the bay cleaner.  An intriguing way to let nature take care of itself, if only we would allow it to happen.