OYSTER BAY, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) — With so many restaurants shutting down because of the pandemic, it’s led to a surplus of oysters on Long Island, and now it’s helping the environment.

Tuesday, environmentalists dropped 50,000 oysters into Oyster Bay Harbor.

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The town supervisor says the mollusks will help naturally clean and filter local waterways.

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

Officials say they will also help build back the depleted oyster population.

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