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Oyster restoration project on Martha’s Vineyard

June 24, 2013

WEST TISBURY, Mass. (AP) — The Nature Conservancy in Massachusetts and several partners are launching an effort to bring the wild native eastern oyster back to Martha’s Vineyard.

The oyster is being reintroduced to Tisbury Great Pond.

The project is intended to kick start a self-sustaining wild oyster reef and also provide a template for future shellfish restoration in the state.

Jon Kachmar, the Conservancy’s Southeast Massachusetts program director, says healthy oyster beds filter water, remove polluting nutrients and provide important fish habitat.

The oyster bed will take up one acre of the 736-acre pond in West Tisbury and Chilmark. A bed for the larvae to attach to is being introduced to the pod this weekend.

The work getting the oyster bed in place should wrap up in early- or mid-August.

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