Oysters to defend San Francisco Bay from sea level rise? Marin research shows promising results


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As sea levels continue to rise, Marin and state researchers are set to begin a second phase of tests on how San Francisco Bay and the wildlife within it can come to the defense. While oysters and sea grasses may not immediately stand out as defenders against sea level rise, a five-year test run using oyster reefs and eelgrass beds in the waters off of San Rafael has shown promising results.

Using the lessons from this first run, researchers with the San Francisco Bay Living Shoreline Project are set to begin an even larger test on the opposite side of San Pablo Bay, which in turn is expected to influence future projects in Marin and throughout the bay.

Read the full story in the Marin IJ.