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Images: Should Eastern Oysters Be Put on the Endangered List?

William Walton, aquaculture specialist with WHOI Sea Grant and Cape Cod Cooperative Extension, works to restore native eastern oyster populations in Pleasant Bay, Mass. (Photo by Diane Murphy, CCCE)

Very young eastern oysters, looking like small dark spots, attach or "settle" on empty clam shells. Aquaculturists use this technique, called "remote set," in population restoration efforts. (Photo by Diane Murphy, CCCE)

Juvenile cultured eastern oysters (Crassostrea virginica) Photo By Diane Murphy, CCCE)