Beer and Oysters! The Flying Dog Brewery has created the Pearl Necklace Oyster Stout Beer which donates the proceeds from its sale to the Oyster Recovery Partnership (ORP). The ORP works to restore the oyster population in the Chesapeake Bay. Why is this important? Oysters have such a great impact on their environments. They are filter feeders and through this filtering, they filter nitrogen, silt and sediment. They can basically clean 50 gallons of water a day. Their beds also act like a coral reef does… housing different marine species in a diverse environment. In other words, they are more than just a pretty shell making pretty pearls. They are very important to marine ecosystems.
According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, “Today, the Bay and its tributaries are in poor health, with polluted water, low populations of fish and shellfish, degraded habitats, and landscapes lost to development.”