As the saying goes, there are two types of people: those who love oysters, and those who have never tried them.

It turns out that oysters are indispensable to the marine ecosystem. Aside from their role as a viable fishery, oyster reefs provide three main ecosystem services. They stabilize shorelines by breaking up wave energy, they provide habitat for hundreds of marine organisms such as crabs and barnacles and, perhaps most importantly, they help filter the water.

Problem is oysters are disappearing. Watch what scientists are doing to bring them back.

Produced for Quest by David Huppert, UNC-TV
Shot and edited by Peter Bell
Post Production by Amy Meiggs
Assoc. Producer: Jesse Paddock
Narrator: Rebekah Radish

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