This video shows the negative effects that can impact an oyster reef when it is overrun by predatory snails and what factors may be causing the increased abundance of these animals. Predatory snails overrun north Florida’s oyster reefs. Dr. David Kimbro investigates what at first appears to be a hyperlocalized problem: a small stretch of the Matanzas Estuarine Reserve’s oyster reefs were being decimated by crown conchs. As David starts to get a handle on the problem, he learns that the same problem is occurring in places where fresh water input is reduced, including Apalachicola Bay with southern oyster drills.
Learn more about economically viable oyster reefs and predatory snails by visiting the WFSU Ecology blog.