Annapolis in Anne Arundel County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Oysters: Vital to the Lifeline of the Chesapeake
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.
"The decline of a
The Davenport Democrat and Leader, 1925
Erected by Oyster 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.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Animals • Environment • Industry & Commerce • Settlements & Settlers • Waterways & Vessels.
Location. 38° 58.127′ N, 76° 28.563′ W. Marker is in Annapolis, Maryland, in Anne Arundel County. Marker can be reached from 2nd Street south of Bay Shore Avenue. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 723 2nd Street, Annapolis MD 21403, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Oysters: Vital to Commerce. Vital to Culture. (here, next to this marker); Oysters: Vital to Nature. Vital to Our Future. (here, next to this marker); From this spot, you can see 1998 - Annapolis: America's Sailing Capital (here, next to this marker); From this spot, you can see 1919 - Oysters: The Bay's "White Gold" (here, next to this marker); From this spot, you can see 1887 - The Age of Steam (here, next to this marker); From this spot, you can see 1672 - Providence: Settlement on the Severn (here, next to this marker); From this spot, you can see 1608 - Captain John Smith's Chesapeake Voyages (here, next to this marker); From this spot, you can see 1774 - The "Annapolis Tea Party" (here, next to this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Annapolis.
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