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Restoring oyster beds and helping keep the water clean isn't just for scientists and environmental groups anymore.The Littoral Society was one of two New Jersey environmental groups to carry out oyster seeding projects in the past two weeks.Both have been cultivating and growing oysters in New Jersey bays for years.Since it built the base of an oyster reef using empty whelk shells in Ocean Gate, New Jersey, in 2015, the Littoral Society has placed 6.3 million oysters on those shells, estimating that about 207,000 remain alive and growing.At least 70 million more could be planted in the next few years, said Capt. Al Modjeski, an official with the Littoral Society.Once they reach the water, the oysters have about a 10 percent survival rate, scientists say.The work usually involves scientific groups setting up tanks in which to cultivate baby oysters.
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