Oyster restoration a shell game

SAN FRANSICO - From the name of Oyster Point in South San Francisco to the story of the Hangtown Fry, oysters have played their own quiet role in the history of the Bay. </b> <br><br> Harvested for food almost to extinction, the 2-inch Olympia oyster, the only native Bay oyster species, tenaciously hangs on, despite water pollution and more than a century of silting on top of its natural habitat. <br><br> &quot;We thought they were gone for a long time,&quot; said Brian Mulvey, a fishery biologist with the National Marine Fisheries Service, part of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association. <br><br> Mulvey is working on a pilot project near Redwood City to assess whether native oyster reefs could thrive again on the San Mateo County coast. <br><br> So far, the year-old project has yielded 10,000 to 20,000 Ostreola conchaphila clinging to several pallets of 200-shell bags near outer Bair Island and Greco Island. <br><br> <i>Source: Inside Bay Area</i>

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