Career of the Month: An Interview With Oyster Wrangler Stephanie Reynoldsby: Megan Sullivan

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Did you know that oysters, simply by eating, filter the water they live in? An adult oyster can filter up to 225 L of water every day! In addition, oyster reefs play the important role of sheltering many fish and crab species. Today, the Chesapeake Bay’s oyster population is dangerously low—down to only a few percent of its historic level. To improve the overall health of the bay, we need to restore the water-purifying, habitat-providing, marine animals. As an Oyster Restoration and Fisheries Scientist with the Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF), Stephanie Reynolds supports this important ecological resource.

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Publication Date
7/1/2008

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  • on Fri Oct 14, 2011 9:23 AM

Oysters are good for the environment. Just by eating these creatures filter the water. If their existence is in danger, than the waters they live in are not healthy. As an oyster restoration and fishery scientist working for the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, this scientist works both in the field and as a lobbyist for the marine animals in the bay. Reading all about her job and what she does reveals that being an advocate for a healthy environment can be challenging as well.

Adah  (San Antonio, TX)
Adah (San Antonio, TX)

  • on Wed Mar 02, 2011 10:10 PM

Who knew that you could become an oyster wrangler? Oyster wranglers conduct field work and they are also lobbyists. They develop new methods to help increase the declining oyster population. They also work to change policies that led to the demise of the oyster. Suggestions for students wanting to pursue this career are given. My students love to explore the variety of careers in the monthly column Career of the Month.

Ruth Hutson  (Westmoreland, KS)
Ruth Hutson (Westmoreland, KS)


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