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2008-10-10 09:00:30

By SCOTT HARPER By Scott Harper The Virginian-Pilot tangier island Dan Dise steered his skiff past empty crab shacks that line Tangier Harbor, the gateway to this historic fishing outpost in the Chesapeake Bay. "For Rent" and "For Sale" signs were taped to many of the dusty windows. "That guy's on the tug," said Dise, president of the Tangier Island Watermen's Association, pointing to a lifeless shanty. "And that guy, too." He paused, then noticed another vacant business along the...

2008-10-07 00:00:26

Celebrity chef Sophie Grigson is set to open the Falmouth Oyster Festival. The town is gearing up for the annual four-day festival, which runs from October 16-19. Ms Grigson has presented her own cooking programmes on television, as well as writing books and features for newspapers and magazines. Mike Rangecroft, of organiser Falmouth Festivals, said: "Sophie follows a long line of well-known and much-admired celebrity chefs who have opened proceedings over the 12 years." The "tried...

2008-09-25 17:46:30

By LIAM FARRELL Staff Writer The federal government has issued a fishery disaster declaration for the Chesapeake Bay blue crab, potentially providing millions of dollars for watermen struggling with low harvests and tighter regulations. Federal and state officials praised the declaration issued yesterday by Department of Commerce Secretary Carlos M. Gutierrez. "Maryland's blue crab and the traditional fishing industry that it supports face difficult times and the federal funding...

2008-09-15 18:00:18

By PAMELA WOOD Staff Writer Annapolis Mayor Ellen O. Moyer has an idea for improving the health of the city's creeks: install artificial, wetlands-covered islands. She's asking the state for money to cover the installation of a test island on Back Creek as part of a larger grant application for environmental projects. "If this does for our waters what they've done in other waters, this could be a real boon to moving forward on clean water initiatives in our creeks," Ms. Moyer said....

2008-09-11 00:00:06

World News IN BRIEF *TYRE A Lebanese restaurant owner and his wife found 26 pearls in a single oyster that she was having for lunch. Raymond Salha said the discovery at his Al-Fanar restaurant was a "total surprise". They have only found a single pearl previously while opening an oyster. The couple have put the oyster and its band of tiny pearls on display and hope they may have a world recordon their hands. (c) 2008 Independent, The; London (UK). Provided by ProQuest LLC. All rights...

2008-09-09 18:00:15

By COURTNEY HACKNEY The recent visit by Tropical Storm Fay reminds us that the First Coast is subject to change at any time. Nature doesn't care where we place property boundaries or homes and may change the landscape without notice. What we view as permanent is just one frame in the story of the coastal environment. Beaches erode and rebuild in predictable ways, never when or where we wish. In this era of global climate change and rising sea levels, we should expect that natural beaches...

2008-09-06 09:00:11

Canadians Wade Watson and Cherie Martins are in Hillsborough, Co Down, preparing to challenge for the title of World Oyster Eating Champion. The competition takes place this weekend Paul Faith (c) 2008 Belfast Telegraph. Provided by ProQuest LLC. All rights Reserved.

2008-09-06 00:00:12

By Ambrose Clancy A plan to turn 110,000 underwater acres in Peconic and Gardiner bays into thousands of private shellfish farms is facing opposition from some baymen as well as a leading environmental group that is worried the bays might become industrialized. Four years ago the state Legislature passed a bill transferring the vast bay bottom acreage to Suffolk County, instructing the county to establish a shellfish aquaculture leasing program. Currently, a simple grant from the state...

2008-09-05 09:00:18

By Stacey Kratz Deseret News On a trip to Sandy's Living Planet Aquarium last month during "Shark Week," I picked up a handy little business-card-size guide that I plan to use when cooking at home and dining out. It's a "Seafood Watch" rating guide published by the Monterey Bay Aquarium. The "Best Choices" are abundant, well-managed and caught or farmed in environmentally friendly ways. The "Good Alternatives" are possible dining options, but there are concerns with how those fish are...

2008-09-03 00:00:16

A plymouth restaurant will celebrate the start of the oyster season with a day of live music, oysters and beer. The first Oysterfest will take place at the Waterfront restaurant and bar on Saturday, featuring five live bands from lunchtime to evening. Bigbury Bay Oysters, a small family-run business, will be selling their organic pacific oysters. Guinness and St Austell Brewery's Tribute, sponsors of the music and food festival, will be on hand to provide refreshments. Waterfront...


Latest Oyster Reference Libraries

Atlanta Winged Oyster, Pteria Colymbus
2013-04-25 20:03:29

The Atlantic Winged Oyster, Pteria Colymbus, is a species of bivalve mollusk belonging to the family Pteriidae. It can be found along the Atlantic coast of North Carolina to Brazil and Bermuda. This Atlantic Winged Oyster grows to about 2.8 inches long and is a distinctive, asymmetric shape. The hinge is long and strait with one wing drawn out a long way and the other one much smaller. The upper valve is brownish, often mottled with some paler markings. The lower valve is smaller and...

Pinctada Maxima
2013-04-25 16:49:52

Pinctada maxima is a species of pearl oyster, a marine bivalve mollusk belonging to the family Pteriidae, the pearl oysters. There are two different color varieties: the White lipped oyster and the Gold lipped oyster. These bivalves are considered to be the largest pearl oysters in the world. They have a very strong inner shell layer composed of nacre, also known as “mother of pearl”. They’re significant in the cultured pearl industry as they are used to produce South Sea pearls....

Flat Tree Oyster, Isognomon alatus
2013-04-25 16:28:02

The Flat Tree Oyster, Isognomon alatus, is a species of bivalve mollusk belonging to the family Isognomonidae. It can be seen along the Atlantic coast of North America, ranging from southern Florida to Brazil and Bermuda. This oyster has two thin and irregularly shaped valves that are joined by a long straight hinge. The exterior is sculpted by a large number of rough, concentric rings with loose flakes and varies in color from a pale brownish olive to a purplish black. The nacre on the...

Cockscomb Oyster, Lopha cristagalli
2013-04-17 11:50:41

Lopha cristagalli, also known as cockscomb oyster, is a species of marine bivalve mollusks within the family Ostreidae. This species has a shell with the potential to reach a maximum diameter of roughly 20.5 centimeters, 10 centimeters being the most common. The coloration varies from dark to light purple and is thick, strongly ribbed, and slightly inequitable shell. The shell inside is porcelaneous, normally a purplish-brown or whitish. The margins of the valves have a distinctive zig-zag...

Windowpane Oyster, Placuna placenta
2013-04-16 21:15:37

The windowpane oyster, Placuna placenta, alternatively known as capiz, is a bivalve marine mollusk belonging to the family Placunidae. Among the species within the genus, only the P. placenta has an outer shell that is sufficiently translucent for commercial use. This mollusk can be found from the shallows of the Gulf of Aden, to around India, then Malaysia to the southern South China Sea, and around the Philippines. Capiz, a province in the Philippines, gets its name from this shell which...

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endocarp
  • The hard inner (usually woody) layer of the pericarp of some fruits (as peaches or plums or cherries or olives) that contains the seed.
This word comes from the Greek 'endon,' in, within, plus the Greek 'kardia,' heart.
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