OC Overview for the week of October 8 2018

OC Overview

Oysters On The Half Shell Are Actually Saving New York's Eroding Harbor

For a place like New York City having a storm surge barrier is incredibly important. That is why local NYC teacher, Pete Malinowski, started the “Billion Oyster Project” in 2008. Oysters act as a natural stormbreaker and could help protect the city from major storm events. Bringing in government officials, restaurants, local volunteers and now including over 80 different middle and high schools in the city area, the project has so far planted over 28 million oysters, well on their way to the billion oyster mark. (via NPR)


'Alarming' level of microplastics found in a major U.S. river

Microplastics have been a trending topic for some time, with focus mainly on oceanic microplastics and less so on freshwater ecosystems. Why is that so? Rivers are the feeding tubes of the ocean. What enters a river will, mostly likely, end up in the ocean. For the health of our oceans, it may be time to change direction slightly and take a harder look at our country’s rivers, lakes, and wetlands. (via The National Geographic)

European offshore wind giant buys US’ most successful offshore wind company


Protecting marine areas seem a good idea – but they may have insidious political effects


Dead kittiwakes, dwindling fish and oceans of plastic: my voyage of discovery