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Mark mentioned raw sewage being a problem at one point but it still is. All the sewers overflowing during rainstorms is adding harmful microbes to the water which is bound to get sucked up by oysters which definitely shouldn't be eaten by people.
But I don't think they were making the point that these oysters should be eaten yet. Just that they are able to cultivated and can help filter the water to clean it. Edible oyster cultivation in the Hudson Estuary is still years away.
Oyster beds were also found at least as far north as Croton Point.
nom nom nom.. don't eat ny harbor oysters xD they're lil sacs of chemicals!
While the Hudson estuary-NY Harbor is certainly much cleaner than it was 20-30 years ago, would it still be safe to eat oysters cultivated there?
For instance, the upstream Hudson dredging of PCB-laden river mud had to temporarily stop as too much of the chemical floated downstream and measured above federal drinking water safety standards.
Finally, Puget Sound oysters are world renowned, but the Puget Sound also has high levels of PCBs. Is there danger in eating those oysters, too?
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