The return of wild oysters!
Simples | November 9, 2009 at 05:01 pmby
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'Extinct' oysters return to Forth
Declared extinct in 1957, wild oysters are back in the Firth of Forth
Dr Ashton said: "The Firth of Forth was once the major oyster fishery in Scotland and at its peak produced over 30 million oysters a year and they were exported all across Europe."
Dr Janet Brown is also based at the Institute of Aquaculture. She said: "We thought that they had been overfished and it was pollution that had caused them to die out.
Dr Elizabeth Ashton welcomed the return of wild oysters to the Firth of Forth.
Live wild oysters have been discovered in the Firth of Forth. They had been declared extinct in the area in 1957 due to overfishing.
The discovery was remarkable and might lead to future commercial production of the wild oyster, scientists said.
‘’With improving water quality in the Forth there's no reason why we shouldn't be able to re-establish them,’’ said Elizabeth Ashton of the University of Stirling's Institute of Aquaculture.
She was the one to discover the oysters at a location that scientists are keeping undisclosed, BBC reports.
"I put my wellies on and my raincoat and was walking along the slippery stones by the water's edge many times, and then out of the corner of my eye I saw what I thought could be an oyster, and the tide was still going out so I had to wait a while and - yes - it was a specimen of a native oyster,’‘ she explained.
"The Firth of Forth was once the major oyster fishery in Scotland, and at its peak produced over 30 million oysters a year, and they were exported all across Europe," Ashton told.
With improving water quality in the Forth there's no reason why we shouldn't be able to re-establish them."
By Natalia Real