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2009-06-15 17:20:00

Large numbers of starfish have been showing up in southern New England this year, blanketing the seafloor and washing up on beaches, observers say. The five-armed starfish, also known as sea stars and not actually fish, have been little studied, mostly because they have no economic value. So scientists are unsure if the boost in numbers are a cyclical phenomenon or sign of a long-term trend, The Boston Globe reported Monday. Peter Melanson, owner of the Sakonnet Oyster Co. in Little Compton,...

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2009-05-27 08:32:14

Overfishing and disease have decimated shellfish populations in many of the world's temperate estuarine and coastal ecosystems. Smithsonian scientists, led by Whitman Miller, ecologist at the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center in Edgewater, Md., have discovered another serious threat to these valuable filter feeders"”rising levels of atmospheric carbon dioxide that contribute to the acidification of open ocean, coastal and estuarine waters. Their findings are being published in...

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2009-05-22 06:20:52

A new study of the world's shrinking marine habitats suggests that a large decline in shellfish populations could be having a disastrous effect on already vulnerable ecosystems. In the study, published by The Nature Conservancy, researchers warned that some 85 percent of the planet's oyster reefs have already disappeared and that many of those remaining are now "functionally extinct." The report, which experts in the field have called the first global assessment of its kind, claims that...

2009-04-20 10:38:50

The discovery of banned chemicals in oysters in a river running through St. Johns County, Fla., is a concern, an official says. Michael Shirley, Guana Tolomato Matanzas National Estuarine Research Reserve director, said polybrominated diphenyl ether, a fire-retardant chemical, was found in the Matanzas River oysters, the (Jacksonville) Florida Times-Union said Monday. It's a concern, but it's not something that's a panic situation, Shirley said. A federal research study released this month...

2009-03-23 07:35:00

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is warning people to avoid eating oysters recently harvested near Pass Christian, Miss. The FDA said nearly a dozen illnesses have been linked to raw oysters from the Mississippi Sound portion of the Gulf of Mexico near Pass Christian. The location is known as Area 2C. Consumers who are uncertain about the origin of oysters they currently have should contact the place of purchase to determine if the oysters are from the affected area as the agency...

2009-01-22 10:54:41

Queen's University Belfast is working on a three-year study to conserve and restore endangered horse mussel reefs in Strangford Lough. Marine biologists based at the University's marine research and outreach centre in Portaferry in County Down, which is part of the School of Biological Sciences, will provide scientific and technological research to map and monitor the species and undertake trials to restore it. Horse mussel reefs are important to the marine environment because they are...

2009-01-19 04:20:00

Members of Both Destination Clubs Will Have Greater Choice of Luxury Vacation Homes & Destinations BROOMFIELD, Colo. and DUBLIN, Ireland, Jan. 19 /PRNewswire/ -- Quintess, The Leading Residences of the World (LRW)( www.quintess.com), named by The Robb Report as a "Best of the Best Destination Club" for three consecutive years, and The Oyster Circle (www.theoystercircle.com) , Europe's first and leading destination club, have announced a strategic alliance to allow members use of their...

2008-12-24 13:55:00

French doctors say wrestling oysters and tins of foie gras can be hazardous to your health. Emergency rooms in France report a surge this time of year from hundreds of people who badly cut themselves opening oysters and foie gras, the Telegraph (Britain) reported Wednesday. The wounds often require surgery, said the French Health Surveillance Institute, noting an estimated 2,000 people annually hurt themselves opening oysters, with 40 percent of the injuries occurring in December and...

2008-12-03 07:00:00

BRISTOL, R.I., Dec. 3 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- On Saturday, Dec. 6, volunteers will transfer nearly 750,000 adolescent oysters to restoration sites in Bristol Harbor and neighboring areas, culminating the third annual cycle of a joint effort between local community members and marine science researchers at Roger Williams University to bolster Rhode Island's diminished oyster population. "RWU is committed to reinvigorating Rhode Island's oyster populations," said Timothy Scott,...

2008-10-15 18:00:23

NEW ORLEANS, Oct. 15 /PRNewswire/ -- To The Editor: Recent deaths of consumers in Florida and Texas caused by bacterial infections in shellfish should remind people with certain pre-existing conditions of health risks associated with consuming raw shellfish, particularly during warm weather when waters in the Gulf of Mexico are especially susceptible to the growth of Vibrio vulnificus bacteria. Vibrio vulnificus is a naturally occurring bacteria completely unrelated to pollution....


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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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