This video explains that oysters are important to the seafood industry in Florida, but they also have economic value when left on the reef, providing a variety of services to humans and fisheries. The intertidal oyster reefs along Florida’s Gulf Coast are highly productive ecosystems. They provide food and shelter for various animal species, water filtration (which benefits fisheries), and oyster fisheries for consumption. They are also being threatened by rapid decline. Dr. David Kimbro is studying this economically important habitat in order to find out what may be causing the decline. Dr. Kimbro and his team also work to find affective methods for restoring the reefs.
Learn more about ecology in North Florida by visiting the WFSU Ecology blog.