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Oysters Booming on New Reefs, But Can They Survive Disease?

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Science  31 Jul 2009:
Vol. 325, Issue 5940, pp. 525
DOI: 10.1126/science.325_525

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A group of researchers is claiming an "unprecedented restoration" of oysters in the Great Wicomico River, a small tributary of the Chesapeake Bay. Thanks to a large network of reefs created in 2004, a booming population of native oysters has taken hold, the group reports in a paper published online by Science this week. Some researchers herald the accomplishment as a model for restoration, but others say that the new populations have yet to prove they can survive now-endemic diseases.