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Are Oysters the Key to Battling Red Tide off Florida Coast?

As sea life continues to be devastated in the Gulf of Mexico off Florida’s Anna Maria Island, an unlikely hero has emerged, or in this case submerged, to potentially battle red tide. One oyster filters between nine and 50 gallons of water a day, according to Sandy Gilbert, CEO of START, which launched the Gulf Coast Oyster Recycling & Renewal program a little more than a year ago. The organization was started in 1995 during another massive red tide bloom and has been working to restore the county’s shellfish population.

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