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From Sea to Plate

In a day and age when many of us "harvest" most of our meals by filling a grocery cart, it can be easy to overlook nature’s role. This is especially true when it comes to seafood.

Now, as scientists unravel the intricate relationships between fish and the vast lands below the water's surface, we're gaining a clearer picture of how humans have altered our oceans' ability to provide for us. The Conservancy is tackling these problems by working to restore degraded habitats and rebuild depleted fisheries.

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Resurrecting Reefs in Wellfleet

Rebuilding Shellfish Reefs to Sustain a Community

© 2010 Andrew Kornylak

The native eastern oyster is central to Massachusetts' ecology, economy and culture - and the palettes of local residents and visitors. Yet the population has been on the wane for decades.

Some of the Conservancy's first oyster restoration work in Massachusetts was with partners in Wellfleet, on Cape Cod, a town built on shellfish before wild harvesting, pollution and disease chiseled away the last wild reef decades ago.

Now, on Martha’s Vineyard, the Cape and in southeastern Massachusetts, the Conservancy and partners are exploring ways to bolster local populations of shellfish so they can provide benefits like clean water. Guiding these efforts is experience working with coastal communities, scientists and partners along the North Atlantic coast.

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