SOAR is working to establish a permanent market, providing funding for oyster restoration projects to purchase otherwise “unsellable” oysters from farmers. In a 2011 study published in BioScience, experts estimated that about 85% of the world’s oyster reefs have vanished over the last century. Where natural oyster reefs have largely disappeared, experts say putting them back may help restore some natural protection. It’s not a new idea—communities up and down the coasts have been experimenting with oyster restoration and living shorelines for decades. Meanwhile, organizations like Pew and the Nature Conservancy are working to expand local restoration projects.