History of Oystering in the United States and Canada, Featuring the Eight Greatest Oyster Estuaries

MacKenzie, Jr. , Clyde L. (1996) History of Oystering in the United States and Canada, Featuring the Eight Greatest Oyster Estuaries. Marine Fisheries Review, 58(4), pp. 1-78.

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Abstract

Oyster landings in the United States and Canada have been based mainly on three species, the native eastern oyster, Crassostrea virginica, native Olympia oyster, Ostreola conchaphila, and introduced Pacific oyster, C. gigas. Landings reached their peak of around 27 million bushels/year in the late 1800's and early 1900's when eastern oysters were a common food throughout the east coast and Midwest. Thousands of people were involved in harvesting them with tongs and dredges and in shucking, canning, packing, and transporting them. Since about 1906, when the United States passed some pure food laws, production has declined. The causes have been lack of demand, siltation of beds, removal of cultch for oyster larvae while harvesting oysters, pollution of market beds, and oyster diseases. Production currently is about 5.6 million bushels/year.

Item Type: Article
Title: History of Oystering in the United States and Canada, Featuring the Eight Greatest Oyster Estuaries
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MacKenzie, Jr. , Clyde L.
Refereed: Yes
Journal or Publication Title: Marine Fisheries Review
Volume: 58
Number: 4
Page Range: pp. 1-78
Date: 1996
ISSN: 0090-1830
Issuing Agency: United States National Marine Fisheries Service
Subjects: Biology
Ecology
Fisheries
Management
Item ID: 9826
Depositing User: Patti M. Marraro
Date Deposited: 16 Aug 2012 14:23
Last Modified: 16 Aug 2012 14:23
URI: http://aquaticcommons.org/id/eprint/9826

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