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Oysters In New York Harbor

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New York City’s ground and surface waters are being contaminated with heavy metals, persistent organic pollutants, and nutrients that have an adverse effect on human health (Bharali, 2007). However, eastern oysters (Crassostrea virginica) act as nature’s biofiltration system, each providing ~50 gallons of purified water per day (Merrill, 2014). New York harbor once had up to 350 square miles of oysters, producing roughly about 300,000 bushels a year (Nigro, 2011). Today, that population has substantially decreased due to the effect of bacterial contamination, over harvesting, pollution and sewage (Munoz, et al. 2010). Only a small number of oysters remain in the NYC harbor, and that damage cannot be fixed without proactive conservation
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