Globally, oyster habitats are the most degraded habitats among coastal systems, with the loss of 99% in the last 150 years. These 350 million years old keystone species and their habitats are at the brink of total collapse from industrial harvesting and pollution of coastal areas.
Today scientists understand the ecological value of oyster habitats and their importance to coastal health. Re-establishing oyster populations improves water quality, biodiversity, seafood safety, and can be a buffer to rising sea levels.
Dr. Anamarija Frankic explains the biomimicry approach for oyster habitat restoration to recover marine health and resiliency. Looking at the work of the Green Harbors Project (GHP), we can examine several successful oyster reef restorations in urban areas that had lost this essential habitat and its related ecological functions, as well as ask what we can learn from this success for restoring our planet.
This talk is part of the Life Saves the Planet lecture series. More info: https://bio4climate.org/
Resources mentioned in this talk:
Download the handbook from the Native Oyster Restoration Alliance
Oyster Grandpa in Japan
Anamarija’s work at the Green Harbors Project
VIDEO: Deepwater- Norri Project
Rick Van Noy article in Yes Magazine (2019) “As entire islands disappear in Chesapeake Bay, the oyster is enlisted as a first line of climate defense”
Abstract from Dr. Antonio Rodriguez, “Oyster reefs can outpace sea-level rise”
Trailer: Shell Shocked
BIO: Jim Laurie
Jim is a biologist from Rice University and is a pioneer in biological remediation of waste water. He was the technical manager of the world’s largest “Living Machine” project to clean raw municipal sewage with no toxic chemicals. For twenty years Jim was a biologist and trainer in the chemical industry in Houston, TX, where his work with living machines resulted in processing effluent cleaner than possible with conventional technology. He began studying with Allan Savory twenty years ago and has spoken widely about Holistic Management and has been instrumental in spreading the message in New England.
BIO: Anamarija Frankić
Anamarija Frankić is is the founding director of the Green Harbors Project, and the Biomimicry LivingLabs, professor at the University of Zadar, and an adjunct professor at the University of Split, Croatia. She is a Biomimicry, Fulbright, and Sea Grant Knauss fellow. In 2014 she co-founded Biomimicry New England. Her interdisciplinary work is grounded in biology, ecology, limnology and marine science. She has focused on applying science in coastal ecosystems conservation and management nationally and internationally. Professor Frankić helped initiate and develop major conservation projects in Croatia and the Adriatic region funded through the Global Environment Facility (GEF), the World Bank, the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), and the European Union.