Oysters Returning to Scotland?

Nov 11, 2009

The Firth of Forth used to be a vital oyster fishery, producing 30 million native European Flat oysters per year. (This is the same species as the world-famous Belon.) Then overharvesting and pollution–stop me if you’ve heard this one–collapsed the stocks and the oyster went extinct. Or so everyone thought. Recently wild oysters were discovered in the Firth of Forth and, with water quality improving, there is hope of a full recovery and future harvest one day. My book The Living Shore documents the tenacity of Olympia oysters on the Pacific Northwest; it’s nice to know there are other bright spots in the world. Hear all about it here.

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