Oysters: Vital to Commerce. Vital to Culture.

Oysters: Vital to Commerce. Vital to Culture. (HM25YT)

Location: Annapolis, MD 21403 Anne Arundel County
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Country: United States of America
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N 38° 58.127', W 76° 28.563'

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"We wasted our inheritance by improvidence and mismanagement and blind confidence."
William K. Brooks, The Oyster, 1891

Vital to Commerce
For over 100 years, oysters were one of the Chesapeake Bay's most valuable commercial fisheries. Many mid-Atlantic communities built their livelihood around oysters, and the region was filled with skipjacks and shucking houses. By 1880, the Bay's oyster output exceeded the rest of the world combined.

As harvesting techniques became more efficient, and the railroad and refrigeration allowed for broader shipping, overharvesting became prevalent. Since then, the once-mighty oyster population has plummeted from the onslaught of disease, sedimentation and reduced water quality.

Vital to Culture
Following the Civil War, oysters were a valuable commodity because they were a cheap source of protein and other nutrients. Today, oysters continue to be a healthy food sources. Low in cholesterol and sodium, oysters contain high levels of zinc, an immune supporting mineral, as well as B12, iron and selenium.
HM NumberHM25YT
Placed ByOyster Recovery Partnership, Chesapeake Bay Trust, Annapolis Maritime Museum, FishAmerica Foundation, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, City of Annapolis, US Army Corps of Engineers, University of Maryland-Center for Environmental Science-Horn Point Laboratory, Maryland Department of Natural Resources
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Date Added Monday, March 12th, 2018 at 7:02pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 372127 N 4314348
Decimal Degrees38.96878333, -76.47605000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 38° 58.127', W 76° 28.563'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds38° 58' 7.6200000000001" N, 76° 28' 33.78" W
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Area Code(s)410, 443, 703, 240, 301
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling North
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 723 2nd St, Annapolis MD 21403, US
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