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Boaters join community science project to restore native oyster species in Alamitos Bay

This project is a collaborative effort between Orange County Coastkeeper, a nonprofit protecting clean water, and the Long Beach Yacht Club. This is the second consecutive year collecting Olympia oyster larvae from Alamitos Bay.

Long Beach boaters will retrieve strings of oyster shells after they’ve been suspended in Alamitos Bay for over four months. This project aims to boost the population of Olympia oysters, California’s only native oyster species.

These oysters have the power to improve water quality, increase fish populations, and reduce the impacts of sea level rise. Once the oysters are collected, they will be placed at a restoration site in the Jack Dunster Marine Reserve.

In addition to collecting shell strings, boaters are invited to stick around to learn more about Olympia oysters and how to identify them. Marine biology students from Cal State Fullerton and Long Beach will lead interactive science lessons to educate the boating community.

This event will take place Sunday, September 18, 2022 from 1:30pm – 5:30 pm at the Long Beach Yacht Club, 6201 Appian Way, Long Beach, CA 90803.

This article was released by the Orange County Coastkeeper.