Study Shows Bivalves Reduce Nitrogen Pollution

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Martha’s Vineyard Gazette: As communities on the Island and across the region look to shellfish as a possible strategy to restore the health of coastal ponds, a new study on [Cape Cod] provides the numbers to back up their work.

Bivalves have long been known to attenuate nitrogen in their bodies by filter feeding. But the new study by scientists at the Woods Hole Sea Grant Program and Cape Cod Cooperative Extension, along with the Mashpee Department of Natural Resources, reveals just how much nitrogen they remove. It also highlights the effects of development along the coast.

Read more about the new study that shows that bivalves reduce  the amounts of nitrogen in coastal ponds.