Mon, 09/25/2017 - 6:14pm

vibrio vulnificus

Oh Shuck!: Lesson Plan

Determine the value of oysters as a marine resource and food source, and learn how researchers are studying Vibrio (a type of bacteria found in some raw oysters) to help determine if there are certain times of year that are safer to harvest and eat the oysters found in coastal North Carolina.

Oh Shuck!

Raw oysters, delicious with hot sauce, can carry a bacteria that makes people very sick. Researchers are working to better understand Vibrio bacteria and create a warning system for oystermen, which would alert them to the best and worst times to harvest oysters.

Rapid Water Test

The greatest danger for beachgoers may be millions of microbes also swimming in the water. While many are there naturally, stormwater runoff and sewage system failures can overwhelm coastal waters. One percent of NC's beaches were closed for short times in 2012 because of microbial contaminants. A marine biologist has now developed a rapid water test to keep the public safe.