For years, Emilie Reuchlin, a Dutch biologist at WWF, has been fighting to get the flat oyster back to the North Sea. To make her life’s work a reality, she has sought help from an unusual mix of partners, including a Dutch amateur wreck-diving team.

Captain Klaas Koch is carrying an unusual load this spring day of 2019. It’s his task to sail directly above a shipwreck 25m below. On Koch’s signal, Reuchlin hoists a tub and scatters 3,500 oysters over the railing. The wreck divers will adopt the oysters and keep an eye on them over the years to come.

In the 19th century, the oysters were ...


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