Oyster reefs provide a wide range of ecological benefits, including improving water quality and biodiversity, increasing species abundance, providing storm surge protection, and mitigating climate change impacts. The Basin Oyster Project seeks to build a sustainable oyster reef in a deep-water tidal inlet of the New Meadows River known as the Basin. The project draws support from across sectors of the local community — including commercial farmers, Phippsburg’s Conservation and Shellfish Commissions, environmental research organizations, and residential groups — to ascertain and communicate the interplay of benefits between oyster farming, the local economy, and coastal habitat restoration. The project’s long-term ambitions are to establish an oyster reef and develop an integrated social-scientific model for coastal restoration that could be replicated across the state of Maine.

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