2013-01-10 / Island Life

Film on oyster reefs is feature Thursday

Green Team

A film about efforts to prevent the extinction of wild oyster reefs will be presented at the University of Texas Marine Science Institute Visitors Center Thursday, Jan. 10.

The showing of “Shell Shocked: Saving Oysters to Save Ourselves” will be free to the public at 7 p.m. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

Oysters “keep our oceans healthy by filtering water and engineering ecosystems,” according to a film synopsis provided by the institute.

“Today, because of overfishing and pollution, wild oyster reefs have been declared ‘the most severely impacted marine habitat on Earth’ and no longer play a role in their ecosystems,” the synopsis said. “Now scientists, government officials, artists and environmentalists are fighting to bring oysters back to the former oyster capital of the world – New York Harbor.”

The film presentation is sponsored by the institute’s Green Team, a volunteer-based group established in 2008. The Green Team provides faculty, staff and students at the institute the opportunity to discuss environmental issues that affect their department, building, grounds or community. The team works to develop solutions to problems to create a more eco-friendly and sustainable environment.

Accomplishments by the Green Team include establishing a plastic, aluminum and battery recycling program at the institute; hosting regular cleanup events and creating an incentive program for biking, walking and carpooling to work.

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