MIDDLETOWN, N.J. (AP) — A Navy pier in New Jersey that suffered $50 million in damage from Superstorm Sandy is the latest to turn to the humble oyster as a storm protection measure.
Coastal communities around the world are planting oyster reefs to protect shorelines against the damaging effects of waves during storms.
What began decades ago as a means to help clean up polluted waterways using the oysters' natural filtration abilities is now being recognized as having an added benefit: a storm protection measure that blunts the force of waves.
The NY/NJ Baykeeper group planted an oyster reef off the Earle Naval Weapons Station in 2016.
The Navy says the reef will definitely help protect the base in future storms.
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