According to BBC News, overfishing caused the European flat to become extinct in most areas around the coast of Scotland in the 18th century. Today, the food industry around the country mainly farms non-native oysters.
This is now changing as "a team from Heriot-Watt University has returned 300 natives to the Dornoch Firth as part of a water-purifcation project. If the oysters survive, the plan is to create a reef covering four hectares."
Here's hoping they survive and thrive! Read more of the story--and see a video of the project--HERE.