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2010-04-20 14:30:00

Acidifying oceans dramatically stunt growth of already threatened shellfish As we prepare to celebrate Earth Day on April 22, we can add another species, one of widespread ecological and economic importance, to the list of the beleaguered. From East Coast to West and around the world, global warming and its effects have descended upon shellfish reefs, particularly those formed by the Olympia oyster. More than one-third of the world's human-caused carbon dioxide emissions have entered the...

2010-03-26 22:13:00

WHITE OAK, Md., March 26 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is working with state health officials from Mississippi and Louisiana to notify consumers, food service operators and retailers nationwide about an outbreak of norovirus associated with oysters recently harvested from an area near Port Sulphur, La. known as Area 7. The oysters were sold or distributed nationwide. (Logo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20090824/FDALOGO ) Public health agencies are...

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2010-03-20 10:57:47

In physical, as in financial growth, it's not what you make but what you keep that counts, USC marine biologists believe. Their study of genes associated with growth in oysters suggests that slow-growing animals waste energy in two ways: by making too much of some protein building blocks and then by having to dispose of the excess. Donal Manahan, director of the USC Wrigley Institute for Environmental Studies and the study's senior author, calls the inefficient process "metabolic taxation."...

2010-02-08 09:05:00

CHARLOTTETOWN, PEI, Feb. 8 /PRNewswire/ - Here is a new seafood choice that needs to be considered this Valentine's season. Delicious, healthy, affordable - and already thought by the Scots to be sexy - the Fresh Blue Cultured Mussel could be the next food of love according to the Mussel Industry Council. "It is a long standing tradition that chocolate, oysters and wine have been the food of choice on February 14th", says Linda Duncan, Executive Director, Mussel Industry Council. "Over the...

2009-12-15 10:36:00

NEW YORK, Dec. 15 /PRNewswire/ -- Oyster Hotel Reviews (www.oyster.com), the new travel site that provides unbiased, professional reviews and undoctored photos of the world's hotels, today launched its coverage of Boston. The site now includes reviews for Las Vegas hotels, New York hotels, Los Angeles hotels, San Francisco hotels , Miami hotels, Hawaii hotels, Jamaica hotels, Aruba hotels, Dominican Republic hotels, U.S. Virgin Island hotels, and Bahamas hotels with more than 200,000...

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2009-12-07 13:40:00

The US Food and Drug Administration is investigating a link between oysters harvested from the San Antonio Bay and a contagious stomach virus. According to the FDA, consumers who purchased oysters from the San Antonio Bay on or after November 16 should avoid eating them due to reports of norovirus-associated illnesses in some people. The FDA has reported about a dozen illnesses from South Carolina and North Carolina. "Restaurant operators and retailers should not serve or offer for sale...

2009-12-06 19:30:00

Consumers advised to avoid oysters harvested from San Antonio Bay SILVER SPRING, Md., Dec. 6 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is advising consumers to avoid eating oysters harvested from the San Antonio Bay on or after Nov. 16 due to reports of norovirus-associated illnesses in some people who had consumed oysters harvested from this area, which is located on the Gulf of Texas. (Logo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20090824/FDALOGO ) The FDA,...

2009-11-13 13:17:00

SILVER SPRING, Md., Nov. 13 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Several weeks ago, the FDA announced its intent to change, by summer 2011, its policy regarding the post-harvest processing of raw Gulf Coast oysters harvested in the warmer months. The intent of this change in policy, which would affect about 25% of the total annual harvest, would be to substantially reduce the number of Americans who suffer severe and painful illness and death from the Vibrio vulnificus bacteria. The FDA's announced...

2009-11-09 16:17:00

Protections for Gulf Coast Shellfish Industry Would Increase Death Toll WASHINGTON, Nov. 9 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Center for Science in the Public Interest was joined today by victims, consumer advocacy, and public health organizations in urging Congress to support the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) efforts to protect consumers from contaminated oysters that each year cause scores of serious illnesses and deaths. The blood infection caused by Vibrio vulnificus bacteria in...

2009-11-06 13:28:00

BOCA RATON, Fla., Nov. 6 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- For more than 25 years, all attempts at culturing pearls from the queen conch (Strombus gigas) have been unsuccessful--until now. For the first time, novel and proprietary seeding techniques to produce beaded (nucleated) and non-beaded cultured pearls from the queen conch have been developed by scientists from Florida Atlantic University's Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute (HBOI). With less than two years of research and...


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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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Word of the Day
vermicular
  • Like a worm in form or movement; vermiform; tortuous or sinuous; also, writhing or wriggling.
  • Like the track or trace of a worm; appearing as if worm-eaten; vermiculate.
  • Marked with fine, close-set, wavy or tortuous lines of color; vermiculated.
  • A form of rusticated masonry which is so wrought as to appear thickly indented with worm-tracks.
This word ultimately comes from the Latin 'vermis,' worm.
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