Student to Study Ipswich, MA, Oyster Decline
Eastern Oyster, Crassostrea virginica. Bruce Museum Collection, Photo by Paul Mutino.

Salem News: For Chris Baille, the oyster is his world. And he wants to know where they all went. A third-year doctoral candidate at Northeastern University’s Marine Science Center in Nahant, he has won the permits to conduct a study on the plight of the oyster in Ipswich.

Baille, 27, concedes that oysters aren’t really the thing in clam-crazy Ipswich, but he believes his program, which comes at no cost to the town, can provide helpful information in the fight against shellfish predators in general.

Read more about the study to determine the cause of oyster decline in Ipswich.