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OYSTER BAY, N.Y. – Diners may not be happy that restaurants are shutting down because of the pandemic, but Tuesday was a great day for oysters in New York.

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The closure of restaurants has led to a surplus of oysters. And Tuesday, 50,000 of the mollusks were dropped, fittingly, into Oyster Bay Harbor on the northern shore of Long Island, WCBS reported.

The release of the bivalves is being done to help the environment, and one town official believes the oysters will clean and filter local waterways.

“We are here to give Mother Nature an early holiday gift,” Oyster Bay Town Supervisor Joseph Saladino told WCBS. “Oysters are a very important component in the protection of our waters.”

Officials said the newly released oysters will help rebuild the depleted oyster population, the television station reported.

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