This red tide might be good news for New Jersey oyster beds

Oysters, NJ environment news

WAYNE PARRY / AP / WASHINGTON POST – A red tide is heading for thousands of acres of oyster beds in New Jersey’s Delaware Bay.

But unlike the harmful algae blooms of the same name, this red tide is likely to bring good news for the shellfish: It’s a dye designed to check if pollution levels have decreased enough to reopen the oyster beds for harvesting and human consumption.

Over the last few days, New Jersey and federal environmental officials dumped red dye into a creek that empties into the northern Delaware Bay …

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