Chesapeake Oysters: The Bay's Foundation and Future by Kate LivieChesapeake Oysters: The Bay's Foundation and Future by Kate Livie

Chesapeake Oysters: The Bay's Foundation and Future

byKate Livie

Paperback | October 26, 2015

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Crassostrea virginica, the eastern oyster. These humble bivalves are the living bones of the Chesapeake and the ecological and historical lifeblood of the region. When colonists first sailed these impossibly abundant shores, they described massive shoals of foot-long oysters. But the bottomless appetite of the Gilded Age and great fleets of skipjacks took their toll. Disease, environmental pressures and overconsumption decimated the population by the end of the twentieth century. While Virginia turned to bottom-leasing, passionate debate continues in Maryland among scientists and oystermen whether aquaculture or wild harvesting is the better way forward. Today, boutique oyster farming in the Bay is sustainably meeting the culinary demand of a new generation of connoisseurs. With careful research and interviews with experts, author Kate Livie presents this dynamic story and a glimpse of what the future may hold.
Title:Chesapeake Oysters: The Bay's Foundation and FutureFormat:PaperbackDimensions:208 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.31 inPublished:October 26, 2015Publisher:Arcadia Publishing Inc.Language:English

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ISBN - 10:162619825X

ISBN - 13:9781626198258


Editorial Reviews

"Selected for its breadth of research in terms of the Bay's oyster fishery and its economic and cultural impact on the development of the Chesapeake Bay region and beyond; the importance of the topic for those who would understand the ecological impact of oystering upon the health of the Bay; author Livie's graceful prose and selection of lively anecdotes; and her valuable contribution linking the history of oystering, oystermen, politics, and the current role of aquaculture in the future of the seafood industry."Dr. William S. Dudley, Maryland Historical Society