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SHELLSHOCKED: Saving Oysters to Save Ourselves:

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Oysters grow on reefs? Not... Um... Underwater trees? While the Charles River is America's cleanest urban waterway, in New York Harbor, the oyster reefs are dying. Here's a film on the people trying to bring them back. 6:30pm. , Boston Public Library - North End, 25 Parmenter Street, Boston, MA. 617-227-8135.

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Saving Oysters to Save Ourselves

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Mass Oyster to Host Screening of SHELLSHOCKED: Saving Oysters to Save Ourselves at the North

End Public Library on Wednesday July 18, 2012

SHELLSHOCKED follows efforts to prevent the extinction of wild oysters, a keystone species that

keeps our oceans healthy by filtering water and engineering ecosystems. Today, because of overfishing

and pollution, wild oyster reefs have been declared the most severely impacted marine

habitat on Earth and are functionally extinct. Now scientists, government officials, artists and

environmentalists are fighting to bring oysters back.

While the film is based in New York, the lessons and issues are directly applicable to Massachusetts'

harbors and estuaries, many of which once held significant oyster populations, perhaps most notably

the State's most urban harbor, Boston.

The screening is presented by the Massachusetts Oyster Project and includes an oyster tasting, as well

as discussion with Director Emily Driscoll, Dr. Anamarija Frankic, UMass Boston Faculty and

Director of the Green Harbors, and Author Erin Byers Murray, who chronicled a year of working at

Island Creek Oysters in Duxbury in her book Shucked.

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