Of course, the declining sickly shellfish population hasn’t gone unnoticed by the scientific community, and currently there is work being done to counter the effects of ocean acidification. Jonathan P. Davis, a researcher from Taylor Shellfish Farms Inc., is currently leading a team of researchers and scientists in using selective breeding and genetics to harden up our Pacific Oysters.
Their efforts are proving to be successful. This team has produced 42 lines of hybrid oysters that are more inclined to survive our more acidic seas. As time passes, the oysters will be selectively bred over and over until the hardiest few have doubled, tripled, quadrupled, etc., in number. This could be the key to saving not only our Pacific Oysters, but all of the other suffering Oyster populations as well.
Handful of Oysters