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Oyster reef


Oyster reef restoration helps clear up Hong Kong coastal waters


Life on an Oyster Reef | The Nature Conservancy Australia


Creating an Oyster Reef in Barnegat Bay


How One Group Is Restoring Thousands Of Oysters To The New York Harbor


Oyster Harbour Shellfish Reef Project Overview | The Nature Conservancy Australia

The term oyster reef refers to dense aggregations of oysters that form large colonial communities. Because oyster larvae need to settle on hard substrates, new oyster reefs may form on stone or other hard marine debris. Eventually the oyster reef will propagate by spat settling on the shells of older or nonliving oysters. The dense aggregations of oysters are often referred to as an oyster reef, oyster bed, oyster bank, oyster bottom, or oyster bar interchangeably. These terms are not well defined and often regionally restricted.
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    • Degradation of oyster reefs 

    • Ecosystem services 

    • Restoration