Oysters: Vital to the Lifeline of the Chesapeake

Oysters: Vital to the Lifeline of the Chesapeake (HM25YU)

Location: Annapolis, MD 21403 Anne Arundel County
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N 38° 58.127', W 76° 28.563'

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Captain John Smith and the Jamestown Expedition wrote:
Oysters "lay on the ground as thick as stones."

Chesapeake traveler Francis Louis Michel wrote:
"The abundance of oysters is incredible."

Baltimore became the epicenter of the oyster trade. The Chesapeake Bay's oyster output exceeded the rest of the world combined. 20,700,00 bushels were harvested in 1880.

Significant overharvesting began to threaten oyster reefs.

Natural resource organizations initiated efforts to manage the oyster fishery.

The oyster harvest steadily decreased.

The region's native oyster population was ravaged by two deadly parasites:
MSX (Haplosporidium nelsoni)
and Dermo (Perkinsus marinus).

Oyster restoration activities commenced to protect and rebuild existing oyster reefs.

Digital technology, like sonar and GPS, placement of man-made reefs enhance recovery efforts.

State legislators passed laws to revamp wild oyster fishery and promote aquaculture.

"The decline of a
Romantic Industry."


The Davenport Democrat and Leader, 1925
HM NumberHM25YU
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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Locationbig map
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
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 723 2nd St, Annapolis MD 21403, US
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