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Oysters: Vital to the Lifeline of the Chesapeake

 
 
Oysters: Vital to the Lifeline of the Chesapeake Marker image. Click for full size.
By Devry Jones, March 10, 2018
1. Oysters: Vital to the Lifeline of the Chesapeake Marker
Inscription.
1600's
Captain John Smith and the Jamestown Expedition wrote:
Oysters "lay on the ground as thick as stones."

1700's
Chesapeake traveler Francis Louis Michel wrote:
"The abundance of oysters is incredible."

1870-1890
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.

1880-1910
Significant overharvesting began to threaten oyster reefs.

1916
Natural resource organizations initiated efforts to manage the oyster fishery.

1920-1950
The oyster harvest steadily decreased.

1950-2000
The region's native oyster population was ravaged by two deadly parasites:
MSX (Haplosporidium nelsoni)
and Dermo (Perkinsus marinus).

1990-present
Oyster restoration activities commenced to protect and rebuild existing oyster reefs.

2000's
Digital technology, like sonar and GPS, placement of man-made reefs enhance recovery efforts.

2009
State legislators passed laws to revamp wild oyster fishery and promote aquaculture.

"The decline of a
Romantic Industry."

Frederick
Oysters: Vital to the Lifeline of the Chesapeake Marker image. Click for full size.
By Devry Jones, March 10, 2018
2. Oysters: Vital to the Lifeline of the Chesapeake Marker
Haskin,
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.
 
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.
 
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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Credits. This page was last revised on March 12, 2018. This page originally submitted on March 11, 2018, by Devry Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 55 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on March 11, 2018, by Devry Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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