New reef created to home 10,000 wild oysters in North Sea
A new reef the size of a football pitch has been created in the North Sea as a home for 10,000 native oysters in a conservation project that will help remove pollutants from the water.
The molluscs have been dubbed superheroes of the oceans because of their ability to filter 200 litres of water a day each – enough to fill a bath.
The Wild Oysters Project has seen 10,000 of them added by hand to the reef, which is a mile off Whitburn, Sunderland, and was made from 750 tonnes of local stone and scallop shells.
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