FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, July 7, 2016
For information contact:
Lindsey B. Counsell, Exec. Dir.,
Three Bays Preservation, Inc.
Three Bays Preservation Inc. Hosts Coffee Hour on Aquaculture Program
(Osterville, Mass.) – Stop by for coffee at Three Bays Preservation every Tuesday morning at 11 a.m. through August to learn about the environmental non-profit’s innovative aquaculture program along the Marstons Mills River inside Warren’s Cove. Three Bays is located at 864 Main Street in Osterville.
“Aquaculture is critical to healthy freshwater and marine environments since oysters naturally filter water, removing toxic nutrients including nitrogen and phosphorus from the ecosystem,” said Lindsey B. Counsell, executive director of Three Bays. A healthy oyster population helps in preventing harmful algal blooms that threaten wildlife living in and around the water. “We have found that people are very curious about our aquaculture program and how it can benefit water quality, so we’re continuing Coffee Tuesday again this year,” Counsell added.
Nationwide, oysters have been used for years to mitigate water quality problems in impaired environments including Chesapeake Bay, Long Island and Boston Harbor. Here on Cape Cod, dozens of oyster beds used to clean water as well as growing a commercial food product are thriving on Cape Cod shorelines. Three Bays has been growing oysters since 2008 when it teamed with the Barnstable Shellfish Department and purchased 60,000 oyster seeds in Warren’s Cove. Every year, Three Bays has added additional oysters to its program.
Three Bays Preservation, Inc., is dedicated to restoring and protecting West, North and Cotuit Bays, and the coves, ponds, rivers and streams that form our watershed and ecosystems. Since 1996, Three Bays Preservation has continued stewardship efforts through applied science, educational programs, and ecosystem based management practices. To learn more, visit Three Bays Preservation, Inc., online at www.3bays.org
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