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Houston Maritime Museum
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Houston Maritime Museum
News Release
Monday, January 29, 2018

HMM Environmental Lecture Series - Rescheduled - February 6

"Oyster Reef Restoration" in Texas. Presented by Jennifer Pollack, Ph.D. From 7:00 - 8:00pm at the Houston Maritime Museum.

Oyster reefs are important components of healthy ecosystems within U.S. Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico estuaries. Oysters filter and clean bay waters, create fish habitats, and protect shorelines from erosion. They also provide recreational fishing opportunities and support a robust seafood industry, generating over $19 million in Texas in 2014. However, oyster reefs are severely degraded compared to historic levels, with estimates of over 85% lost. Sink Your Shucks -- an oyster shell recycling and reef restoration program -- works with restaurants and seafood wholesalers to reclaim shucked shells and return them to Texas bays. Using these shells, we have restored over 14 acres of reef and engaged with over 1,700 volunteers! Tickets are $5 for Adults (13+). Free for HMM members, Active Military, Veterans and Students. Register HERE.

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