Priya Shukla discusses the relationship between humanity, the food we fetch from the sea, the role of oysters in our ecosystems and diets, and how climate change hangs over it all. In coastal California, natural oyster reefs are few and far between, while oyster farms are economic engines and anchors in many rural communities. This is particularly true in Tomales Bay, which is considered the heart of California’s oyster industry. In addition to providing luxe oysters for human consumption, they are also beginning to use their resources to help restore the oyster reefs that once existed where their oyster baskets are now. Join Priya to learn about what it means to do science to help climate-proof an industry that provides infrastructure to a community and may also play a pivotal role in bringing back the oysters that preceded them.
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