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Conservation group creating oyster reef off Phippsburg

The project is the continuation of a two-year pilot program begun by The Nature Conservancy in 2017.
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PHIPPSBURG, Maine — A group wants to create an oyster reef off the coast of Phippsburg to improve water quality, protect the shoreline from storm surges and act as a habitat for other smaller shellfish.

The project is the continuation of a two-year pilot program the Nature Conservancy began in 2017.

Oysters benefit the environment because they filter algae, creating clearer, cleaner water that can support underwater grasses used for habitat by crabs, scallops and fish.

They also can break up waves and reduce shore erosion.