50,000 oysters have been dumped into Long Island Harbor as restaurant closures have created a surplus of shellfish.
Many restaurants have closed because of the pandemic, leading to a surplus of oysters on Long Island, and now it’s helping the environment. On Tuesday, environmentalists dumped 50,000 oysters into the harbor. The clams will help naturally clean and filter local waterways.
“We’re here to give Mother Nature an early holiday gift. Oysters are a very important component in protecting our waters,” said Oyster Bay Supervisor Joseph Saladino.
Officials say it will also help restore the depleted oyster population.