February 7, 2010

The Living Shore

In 2008, Jacobsen accompanied a group of marine scientists to a remote coastline of British Columbia to hunt for the Olympia oyster. This oyster species one carpeted the shores from California to Alaska, but because of pollution and overharvesting, it is nearly extinct. This book explains how oysters and other shellfish play a key role in coastal ecosystems. They filter water, stabilize shorelines, and provide habits for numerous other species. Few oyster reefs remain, yet this habitat has played such a key role in the development of coastal communities in North America. This book also details some of the restoration and species recovery efforts that are currently underway for oysters and other coastal marine creatures.

This book can be found in HECSA Library:

The Living Shore: Rediscovering a Lost World
Rowan Jacobsen
SH 365 .W2 J33 2009