Oysters reclaim ancient reefs in Chesapeake Bay

Oysters via AFP Photo / Lionel Bonaventure

For centuries, the oyster beds in the Chesapeake Bay were so massive they rose above the surface at low tide. Maryland oystermen in 1898 collected 15 million bushels, or 5.3 billion oysters. They drew in such a profit that the creatures became known as “Chesapeake Gold.” Baltimore writer H.L. Mencken waxed poetic on the shellfish, calling them “the veritable bivalve of the Chesapeake.. as large as your open hand.”     New England fishermen sailed south to Maryland to poach oysters from the bay, sparking the so-called “oyster wars” of the late 19th century. Oystermen killed each other over prime harvesting grounds, and a State Oyster Police was formed to keep the peace. In the dead of night, “oyster pirates” snuck into the beds with dredges to scoop up the animals by the pound.….MORE


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