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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....

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....


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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