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2009-11-04 09:15:00

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 experimentation, Drs. H©ctor Acosta-Salm³n and Megan...

2009-10-06 10:17:00

NEW YORK, Oct. 6 /PRNewswire/ -- Oyster Hotel Reviews (www.oyster.com) launched its Hawaii coverage today, bringing clarity and authority to the difficult task of choosing the perfect hotel in the Aloha State. The site now includes nearly 100 reviews and upwards of 30,000 photos taken by Oyster's staff reporters of Hawaii's Hotels including Maui Hotels, Kauai Hotels, Waikiki Hotels and Oahu Hotels. With fall's drop in temperature comes travelers' desire to get away from the winter's...

2009-09-14 10:57:00

NEW YORK, Sept. 14 /PRNewswire/ -- Oyster Hotel Reviews (www.oyster.com) announced today that it has raised an additional $4 million of funding from Bain Capital Ventures. The announcement follows Oyster's March 2008 raise of $6.4 million and brings the total that Oyster has raised to $10.4 million. Launched in June 2009, Oyster Hotel Reviews maintains hundreds of original reviews, and more than 75,000 undoctored, original photos of the New York hotels, Las Vegas hotels, Miami hotels,...

2009-08-17 09:12:00

NEW YORK, Aug. 17 /PRNewswire/ -- Oyster Hotel Reviews (www.oyster.com) launched the Las Vegas Hotels portion of its website today, bringing clarity and authority to the difficult task of choosing the right hotel in Sin City. Oyster has now reviewed a total of more than 600 hotels and posted more than 200,000 original photos of hotels in Las Vegas, New York City, Miami, and the Caribbean. In addition to the hotel reviews themselves, the new Las Vegas section will include roundups of the...

2009-08-03 17:58:09

A predatory snail indigenous to the Atlantic Ocean is decimating native oysters living in Tomales Bay north of San Francisco, scientists said Monday. About half of the Olympia oysters in the coastal estuary fell to a predatory whelk snail, a California Sea Grant-funded study published in the July issue of the Oecologia journal said. The grant's operation is based at the University of California-San Diego, which distributed a news release. The type of oyster drill savages oysters by boring...

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2009-08-03 10:35:00

France's shellfish industry is dealing with a crisis for the second year in a row, as an unexplained ailment has decimated stocks of young oysters, AFP reported. French oyster farmers saw between 40 and 100 percent of their baby oysters wiped out in 2008, which is considered much higher than usual during summer harvests. The virus OsHV-1 (Ostreid herpesvirus 1), which is associated with bacteria and flourishes in warmer weather, is the likely culprit, according to scientists at Ifremer, the...

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2009-07-30 10:35:00

A giant new machine called' Oyster' designed to harness the power of ocean waves and turn it into "Ëœgreen' electricity is being installed on the seabed off the Atlantic shores of the Orkney Islands. In autumn 2009 it will undergo demonstration trials to prove whether its innovative technology could lead to a commercial source of renewable energy for use in seashores around the world.In contrast to many other wave power devices, Oyster uses hydraulic technology to transfer wave...

2009-07-23 09:15:00

NEW YORK, July 23 /PRNewswire/ -- Oyster Hotel Reviews (www.oyster.com) has added Scott Medintz to lead its growing team of journalists as the company's executive editor. In this new role, Scott will lead a group of more than 15 experienced editors and writers in creating unbiased reviews and bringing clarity and authority to the difficult task of choosing the right hotel. Scott is also leading the ongoing effort to immediately double the size of the reporting team. "Scott is the perfect...

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2009-07-17 13:30:44

A study of oyster reefs in a once-pristine California coastal estuary found them devastated by invasive Atlantic Coast crabs and snails, providing new evidence of the consequences when human activities move species beyond their natural borders. Led by marine biologist David L. Kimbro, now of The Florida State University Coastal and Marine Laboratory, the study shows that in Tomales Bay, half the population of California's native Olympia oyster has perished because its habitat has fallen...

2009-07-14 10:01:00

NEW YORK, July 14 /PRNewswire/ -- Oyster Hotel Reviews (www.oyster.com) launched the New York City portion of its website today, bringing clarity and authority to the difficult task of choosing the right hotel in the Big Apple. The site now includes more than 100 reviews, and more than 30,000 original photos, of New York City hotels. An increase in New York City hotel room supply, and a recession-induced reduction in demand, has resulted in some of the lowest room rates in years, making...


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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