This video answers the interview question “how can science help decide between oyster reefs or construction materials to protect coastlines?”

This video is part of a larger classroom lesson plan that showcases TNC scientists answering questions about how nature works for people and how we can help keep nature healthy and productive. To access the full lesson plan and its materials visit

Other videos associated with this lesson:
• Coastal Protection #1: Oyster Reefs - “How does an oyster reef protect coastlines and therefore people?”
• Coastal Protection #2: Additional Benefits - “What are additional benefits of oyster reefs besides protecting coastlines?”
• Coastal Protection #4: Why Reefs? - “Why should we use oyster reefs to protect coastlines, instead of just building the biggest seawalls possible?”

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