Oysters Are NOT Functionally Extinct

What kind of nonsense? Functionally extinct? So what does “functionally extinct” mean? “Oysters no longer play almost any significant role in their ecosystems.” Well I have an ecosystem and they play a very big part in my ecosystem. A half-dozen raw oysters with a mignonette sauce or another sauce can bring tears of joy to my eyes. Or “kaki-frai” in a restaurant in Tokyo, served with a heaping pile of shredded kabetsu (cabbage)–OMG. Or raw oysters with salsa in Mazatlan. Or a rich oyster stew.

I know what the writer meant, but “Viva las ostras” (Or ostiones or oysters or any other language)

Oysters Are ‘Functionally Extinct’

The Huffington Post Dean Praetorius  Posted: 02/ 4/11 04:21 PM

Oysters Extinct

Oysters aren’t disappearing from the dining table anytime soon, but they may be disappearing from our oceans.

A recent study published in BioScience has shown that the mollusks, declared “functionally extinct,” are disappearing quickly as 85 percent of their reefs have been destroyed through disease or over-harvesting, according to the AFP. 75 percent of the remaining wild oysters can be found in 5 locations in North America.

So what does “functionally extinct” mean?

Oysters no longer play almost any significant role in their ecosystems.

From the AFP:

“Oyster reefs are at less than 10 percent of their prior abundance in most bays (70 percent) and ecoregions (63 percent),” said the study.”They are functionally extinct — in that they lack any significant ecosystem role and remain at less than one percent of prior abundances in many bays (37 percent) and ecoregions (28 percent) — particularly in North America, Australia and Europe.”

While the study didn’t include parts of South Africa, China, Japan, North Korea, and South Korea, other studies suggest that there’s been a significant decrease in oysters in these regions as well, according to the authors.


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