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2011-03-23 11:47:30

The Pacific oyster was discovered in large numbers along the west coast of Sweden in 2007. The mortality rate in some places during the past two winters has been 100%, but researchers at the University of Gothenburg who have studied the Pacific oyster can now say that the species copes with cold winters and is here to stay. The Pacific oyster has proved to be tolerant of low temperatures. Large populations of the oyster remained after the harsh winter of 2009/2010. In 18 locations studied...

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2011-03-22 08:04:31

Salt water relay minimizes Vibrio A joint study by local oyster growers and researchers at the Virginia Institute of Marine Science shows that moving farmed oysters into saltier waters just prior to harvest nearly eliminates the presence of a bacterium that can sicken humans. The findings"”reported by VIMS professors Kim Reece and Howard Kator, and local oyster growers Thomas Gallivan, A.J. Erskine, and Tommy Leggett"”may offer a relatively low-cost solution to a controversial...

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2011-02-03 09:05:00

Experts are calling for some reefs to be closed to oyster harvesting based on research that they claim has revealed that the global population of the mollusk species is declining rapidly. An international team of investigators, led by Michael Beck, a Senior Scientist with the Nature Conservancy and a Research Associate at the University of California, Santa Cruz, examined oyster reefs in 144 bays across 44 different ecoregions, according to an American Institute of Biological Sciences (AIBS)...

2011-02-02 00:00:43

While everyone else is fighting for reservations, trying to park, waiting for their table and getting rushed by the waiter, just say "No." Instead, enjoy a Valentine dinner at home with a love fest of the best lobster and oysters in the world. Cupid will be proud. Machias Bay, ME (PRWEB) February 1, 2011 This year, instead of heading out to a restaurant why not stay home to enjoy a steamy, sizzling new Valentine's Day dinner Classic with live Maine lobster, award winning seafood...

2011-01-24 15:25:00

MOBILE, Ala., Jan. 24, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- On January 22-23, 2011, nearly 550 volunteers from Alabama and beyond donned boots and gloves and donated their time to place 16,000 bags of oyster shells along the shore - the first step to building 100 miles of oyster reef over the next three to five years in Mobile, AL. The oyster reef building project marks the first in a series of habitat restoration projects aimed at restoring Alabama's Gulf coast, an effort led by the 100-1000: Restore...

2011-01-22 08:50:52

Study measures oysters' capacity to filter ag and urban runoff in the Chesapeake Bay Chronic water quality problems caused by agricultural and urban runoff, municipal wastewater, and atmospheric deposition from the burning of fossil fuels leads to oxygen depletion, loss of biodiversity, and harmful algal blooms. This nutrient pollution is prevalent in many coastal marine and estuarine ecosystems worldwide. Chesapeake Bay is the largest estuary in North America and although many efforts have...

2011-01-11 00:00:42

Chef Jacques Haeringer provides romantic recipes and tips for your special Valentine. Great Falls, VA (Vocus/PRWEB) January 11, 2011 "Valentine's Day comes at the best time of year," says Chef Jacques Haeringer, owner and chef at the legendary L'Auberge Chez François, outside of Washington, D.C. "The darker, shorter days, and colder temperatures cause us to seek warmth, comfort, and light, many of the same elements of love." Chef Jacques feels we should embrace this mid-winter...

2010-11-22 12:30:11

A new oyster farming initiative has launched in the northern Gulf of Mexico. The goal of this effort, a collaboration between researchers from LSU and Auburn University, is industry adoption of off-bottom oyster culture to supplement the traditional harvest. Historically, oysters are grown on and harvested from reefs on the water bottom. In this new process, oysters are grown suspended in the water column. Benefits of this new oyster farming technique include increased productivity; job...

2010-10-29 13:48:00

All Samples Test Within Safety Threshold SILVER SPRING, Md., Oct. 29 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Building upon the extensive testing and protocols already in use by federal, state and local officials for the fishing waters of the Gulf, NOAA and FDA have developed and are using a chemical test to detect dispersants used in the Deepwater Horizon-BP oil spill in fish, oysters, crab and shrimp. Trace amounts of the chemicals used in dispersants are common, and levels for safety have been...

2010-09-15 14:33:00

MOBILE, Ala., Sept. 15 /PRNewswire/ -- A coalition of leading environmental organizations has unveiled plans for a major Gulf restoration project with the launch of 100-1000: Restore Coastal Alabama Partnership (www.100-1000.org). Alabama Coastal Foundation, Mobile Baykeeper, The Nature Conservancy and The Ocean Foundation officially launched the project as a significant first step in restoring the coast of Alabama and struggling coastal economies via a public-private partnership....


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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