Research is showing that the increase in toxins, and providing the environment they need to grow healthy.
Among the various causes for the catastrophic decline in the oyster population are overharvesting, water pollution, and disease. Overharvesting is by no means a new problem – humans have been exploiting oyster beds for centuries – it’s only now, though, that we’re finally beginning to notice its impact. Water pollution is also not a completely new threat, but the recent oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico (one of the last oyster hot spots in the world) certainly didn’t help the situation. Two common diseases that affect oysters are MSX and Dermo, both parasitic infections that were first noticed approximately 50-60 years ago, and still remain as a threat today.
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