Not good news for oyster lovers....and our planet.
A disturbing nationwide decline in oysters and the life-giving reefs
that they build is particularly dramatic in California, where the
once-abundant native species has been virtually wiped out, according to a
recent scientific study.
The report, published in the scientific
journal Proceedings of the Royal Society B, said Olympia oysters, once
an integral part of the Native American diet and a staple during the San
Francisco Gold Rush, are functionally extinct.
"Essentially, today, the number of oyster reefs is zero," said Rob Brumbaugh,
restoration director for the Nature Conservancy and co-author of the
study. "It's the complete elimination of a key species and habitat on
the West Coast." - SFGate
Labels: Ecology, Extinct, Food, oysters, Science, West Coast