The Oyster Farmer

Kika Tuff, Elana Kimbrell, Emily Therese Cloyd, Matt Talarico, Peter Hoffman, Ryan Trenkamp | 2021 | 5 min.

2022 Official Selection

When oyster larvae in the Whiskey Creek Shellfish Hatchery began dying en masse, hatchery manager Alan Barton sought clues to the underlying cause. After partnering with marine scientist Burke Hale and studying local ocean chemistry, they were able to identify the root cause – ocean acidification – and adjust their farming practices to save oyster production.

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