Not the Oysters, Too!

Oysters, you see, feed on nutrients filtered from the water that passes through their little bodies. If the water is polluted, the bodies soak up that pollution. They’re very susceptible to environmental damage and, now, may be contaminated.

Even thought the commercial crab season has been delayed indefinitely and “no fishing” warnings have been posted around the bay, thanks to the Cosco Busan spill, you can still enjoy fresh, local seafood in the form of Marin County oysters, right? Wrong.

According to the Marin Independent Journal Monday, the Drakes Bay Oyster Company has had to close after globs of oil were found along the beach in Drakes Estero. From the IJ:

The state Department of Fish and Game “told us to expect losses,” [Drakes Bay Oyster Farm Owner Kevin] Lunny said. “It doesn’t take much to harm filter feeders (oysters). The oil clogs up their gills and they die.”

Oysters, you see, feed on nutrients filtered from the water that passes through their little bodies. If the water is polluted, the bodies soak up that pollution. They’re very susceptible to environmental damage and, now, may be contaminated.

Even thought the commercial crab season has been delayed indefinitely and “no fishing” warnings have been posted around the bay, thanks to the Cosco Busan spill, you can still enjoy fresh, local seafood in the form of Marin County oysters, right? Wrong.

According to the Marin Independent Journal Monday, the Drakes Bay Oyster Company has had to close after globs of oil were found along the beach in Drakes Estero. From the IJ:

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Not the Oysters, Too!