Absolutely. Each oyster can filter algae, plankton and pollution out of 50 gallons of water a day! The Chesapeake Bay is in a bind right now, because oyster eaters have drained the Bay of its oyster population, which once filtered impurities from the Bay at a rate of 50 gallons of water per oyster per day. The entire volume of the bay (about 19 trillion gallons) was cleaned and purified by oysters every week. Now, with less than 10 percent of the bay’s original oyster population remaining, it would take a year for the oysters to filter the same water.
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