Bivalve in Cumberland County, New Jersey — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Steps to Harvest Oysters and Bring to Market
2. Oysters were off-loaded from schooners into floats along the banks of the Maurice River where they were left to fatten and to remove impurities.
3. Oysters were forked from the float into scows.
4. Scows were moved under the covered wharves at the Shipping Sheds.
Shell Trade: Planting and Harvesting
The public’s appetite for oysters was the driving force to harvest the oyster. Beginning in the 1700’s the oyster industry was managed much like farming. Oysters grow naturally in the upper Delaware Bay seed beds. In the spring they were transplanted to the privately leased planted or harvest grounds located in the Maurice River Cove. By time of the winter harvest, the oysters planted several years prior had grown fatter and tastier in the higher saltier waters. This “farming” of oysters continued for hundreds of years until 1993 when oystermen were allowed to harvest oysters straight from the seed beds to the market
Location. 39° 13.986′ N, 75° 1.95′ W. Marker is in Bivalve, New Jersey, in Cumberland County. Marker is on High Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 2800 High Street, Port Norris NJ 08349, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. Steps to Harvest Oysters and Bring to Market (here, next to this marker); Delaware Bay and River (within shouting distance of this marker); The Schooner AJ Meerwald (within shouting distance of this marker); Bivalve Oyster Shipping Sheds (within shouting distance of this marker); Ecology in the Watershed (within shouting distance of this marker); Maurice River (within shouting distance of this marker); All Shapes, Sizes and Materials (approx. 2.6 miles away); A Guiding Light (approx. 2.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Bivalve.
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on April 13, 2013, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. This page has been viewed 254 times since then and 36 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on April 13, 2013, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.