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Bush Terminal Park: Apparently a Good Place to Be an Oyster

By Susannah Black
September 30, 2016

We introduced our Bush Terminal Park oysters to their new habitat early in the summer.  They were at the spat-on-shell stage; student interns had induced the broodstock to spawn just after the end of school, and we’d gotten a good set. It was the first of our new community reef sites, and we had high hopes: the lagoons at BTP are protected, the water was promising.

Here’s what happened next…

June 29, 2016.  Oysters are roughly 2 mm wide– that’s them, those brown spots you can see on the shell.


July 7, 2016.  One week later.


August 18, 2016:


And September 26, 2016