Allison Fitzgerald's Oyster Preservation Efforts Featured in WSJ

Allison Fitzgerald's Oyster Preservation Efforts Featured in WSJ

NJCU Assistant Biology Professor Dr. Allison Fitzgerald is leading the charge to preserve one of the largest oyster reefs in New York City. Located at the convergence of the Bronx and East rivers off the shoes of Soundview Park, the site is home to thousands of the mollusks. Fitzgerald organizes regular visits to the reef with NJCU Biology students and groups of New York-based “eco-volunteers.” They clean the habitat, protect the oysters from diseases and invasive predators, and conduct biological experiments.

It’s important work, notes The Wall Street Journal, which featured Fitzgerald’s environmental efforts in its July 10 issue. Oysters aren’t only valuable because of the pearls they produce; they serve an important ecological function. A single oyster can filter up to 50 gallons of water a day and large reefs along river shorelines serve as a natural barrier against storm flooding.

Read the WSJ article here: 

https://www.wsj.com/articles/an-oyster-reef-grows-in-the-bronx-1499710546

 

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