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From the Editor

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"When the oysters are healthy, so is the sea, and so are we."

The Oyster Aficionado Certificate of Achievement

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The Importance of Sustainable Aquaculture in Our Future | Perry Raso | TEDxProvidence

Perry examines his path to developing sustainable aquaculture in Rhode Island, and points to the global need as protein demands rise and fisheries decline.
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This video epitomizes the promise of aquaculture for feeding the growing world population. The whole aquaculture community has something to be proud of. Thank you Perry Raso.
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LARGE SCALE OYSTER FARMING IN FRANCE

The company described is Huitres Henry.
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This is a video showing the entire spectrum of large scale oyster farming in France. If you don't speak French, just turn off the sound. It is self-explanatory if you are knowledgeable in oyster farming in the U.S. The scale and quality of farming shown in this film is pretty amazing.
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Farming Oysters in New Zealand

Oyster Farming and Mahurangi Oyster Farm Tour by Mahurangi Oysters Ltd, New Zealand
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This video shows how oyster farmers in New Zealand employ traditional methods of gathering spat on "sticks." Once the oysters grow out on sticks they shake them free, "declump"  them  and sort them into bins to mature.
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Australian Oyster Farming - A Burgoyne family business

Getting to know…Don Burgoyne, oyster farmer 34 years ago, Don Burgoyne didn’t eat oysters! He was living with his wife in Sydney and working in
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Oyster farming  in Sydney Australia. Over 30 years of experience has turned into a family business and the promise of fine oysters for the foreseeable future.
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Maine Oyster Farm | Mook Sea Farm | Winter Oyster Farming

Mook Sea Farm is an oyster farm founded in 1985 on the Damariscotta River in Midcoast Maine. We rear the American oyster (Crassotsrea virginica) from egg to ...
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Mook hatchery is the heart of Maine oyster farming. Years ago, it was my first hatchery visit. It was my first time peering through a microscope at dozens of tiny "eyed" larvae. It was my first time witnessing the green algae baby food disappear in a giant vat full of infant oysters. It was also my first visit to the Damariscotta River in Maine. Thank you to Mook.

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RECREATIONAL OYSTER FISHING

In certain parts of the U.S., recreational shellfishing is as common as fishing with a rod and reel. A license is usually needed. Local governing bodies crea...
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In spite of the near tragic diminishing of natural oysters in the U.S., it is still possible to find them and fish for them for recreational purposes. In New England, we often use waders and a rake. A permit is needed and the local shellfish constable controls access to the waters. There is great satisfaction in rekindling the original pleasures of gathering oysters and consuming them right out of the water.

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Hatchery Spawning by Thermal Shock

Hatchery techniques using thermal shock (hot water) to spawn the American Oyster (Crassostrea virginica). These activities were recorded at the Auburn Univer...
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This amazing video from Auburn University scientists is the best yet explaining the entire hatchery procedure for producing millions of oyster babies. The procedure shown is for C. virginica oysters which issue both sperm and seed into the surrounding waters. Fertilization occurs outside the shell. Successful hatchery production of spat is key to modern oyster aquaculture.

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Standish Shore Oyster Farm - Duxbury Bay, MA

Explore the Standish Shore Oyster Farm in Duxbury, Massachusetts.
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Here is an excellent educational video explaining the oyster farming process in Duxbury Bay, Massachusetts. Standish Oysters are one of two dozen or so farms that produce some of the best oysters in New England. As shown here, many of the farmers "finish" their oysters on the bay floor. Doing so gives the oyster both a characteristic shape and flavor.

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Take a Peek at the Oysters of Australia

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MUCH like the creatures that it hopes to showcase, the organisation behind Australia’s Oyster Coast is a slow-growing animal.
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Ever wonder what the oysters of Australia look like? Here is your chance for a peek.

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Local Voices: A short history of oysters in Marennes Oleron

Local Voices: A short history of oysters in Marennes Oleron | OI Newsletter - A web family | Scoop.it
Editor’s Note: This is the latest in a series on oyster cultivation in the La Tremblade- Marennes region of France based on a scientifi c and
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As good a brief history of French oysters as you will find, this article discusses the three species of oysters that have prevailed in France. It is especially thorough in its historic coverage of the "Portuguese" oyster which was widely publicized in Earnest Hemingway's famous quote from A Moveable Feast. Hemingway was eating Portuguese oysters at the time. While no longer dominant, these oysters set the stage for C. gigas in France. Gigas are "cupped" like the Portuguese oysters in contrast to the Europeon Flat Oyster, O. Edulis, better known as a "Belons." Enjoy the read.

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Dissecting the Eastern Oyster, Crassostrea virginica - YouTube

Dissecting the Eastern Oyster, Crassostrea virginica, with Director of Education Kate Livie for the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michaels, Maryland....
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OYSTER ANATOMY A fascinating scientific explanation of the body of an Eastern oyster reveals all of its organs and more. When the oyster is first opened, you can even see the heartbeat. 

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For new posts, and more oldies but goodies ...

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The best is yet to come!

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Oyster Aficionado

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Oyster Aficionado is a course about oysters. Upon successful completion of the course, the student will receive an Oyster Aficionado Certificate of Achievement.
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Our web-based course about oysters was the first such educational tool. We believe that education is the best condiment for an oyster. If you are a novice, take a few minutes to introduce yourself to the rich spectrum of information and then proceed to more elaborate educational options. If you are a scientist, please take a few moments to review the content and feel free to contact us about errors. If you are a farmer ... thank you for your efforts each day on our behalf. This site may be a tad dry for you.
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Early Canadian Oyster Farming

The story of oyster farming in the Gulf of St. Lawrence, showing the various stages of oyster cultivation: the sampling of minute larvae by Department of Fisheries biologists
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Here is a wonderful film from the early days of modern oyster farming in Canada complete with background music that enhances the spirit of the times and oyster farmers before baseball hats.
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Long Island Scuba Divers Harvest Their Oysters By Hand - In Scuba Gear

The Oyster Men is an award-winning* short documentary that follows a small group of Long Island Baymen making a living diving to handpick wild oysters i
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YUP! Long Island natural set oysters are being successfully harvested by scuba divers. Have a look under water at what they do.
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ATLANTIC CANADA OYSTERS

Discover your food service guide to Atlantic Canadian Oysters!
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ATLANTIC CANADA OYSTERS, WAZZAT?  Here is a truly fine information piece about the eastern region of Canada where C. virginica oysters are native and still thrive.
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Rhode Island's Shellfish Heritage | An Ecological History

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The shellfish in Narragansett Bay and Rhode Island’s salt ponds have provided humans with sustenance for over 2,000 years.

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A whole book on the history of shell fishing in Rhode Island. The photos are priceless. Take a few minutes and leaf through it. Thank you to University of Rhode Island.

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How Maryland is getting it done.

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Oyster aquaculture in Maryland has changed more in the past decade than it has in the past two centuries. Aquaculture, like agriculture, is a form of farming, but farming oysters requires space not on the land but along the bottom of the Chesapeake Bay - and that space, until recently, was hard to come by in Maryland. Chesapeake Quarterly, Maryland Sea Grant's quarterly magazine, reports on research, extension, education and other Chesapeake Bay issues and activities of interest to the marine community. It is produced and funded by this program, which receives support from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Editors, Michael W.
Fincham and Jeffrey Brainard; Science Writer, Daniel Pendick; Production Editor and Art Director, Sandy Rodgers.
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Here is an an excellent discussion of the recent history of Maryland oysters. Bravo!

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Oysters Mating! - YouTube

WIthin our aquarium we got to see oysters releasing gametes (sperm and eggs) into the waters. The oyster on the left is a male releasing a steady stream of s...
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This video provides a rare and beautiful look at the reproductive process of C. virginica oysters. The eggs are fertilized outside the shell. The sperm triggers the female to issue her eggs. All of this happens when the surrounding water reaches prime temperature. It is generally thought that the C. virginica prefers life as a male early on and eventually opts to be a female later in life. The oysters do not reproduce until they mature. 

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 Eastern Oyster-lifecycle

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Lifecycle of Eastern Oysters in Barnegat Bay
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So what is the link between a fertilized (C. virginica) oyster egg and "spat?" From inception, the egg transforms for about two weeks, as illustrated here. If you hang around a hatchery, these are some of the terms you will hear. For more terminology check out http://score.dnr.sc.gov/deep.php?subject=2&topic=15

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The Gulf Oyster Community - Up Close and Personal

Gulf Oyster Industry Council
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Here is an introduction to the Gulf Oyster by the people who have been harvesting it for generations. Enjoy!

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Oyster Farming the Pacific Northwest

Oyster Farm Business for sale on the Oregon Coast Owners Retiring http://www.silverpointoysters.com/oysterbusinessforsale.html Would you, your partners or ...
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A rare comprehensive look at large scale West Coast oyster farming.

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Importing Japanese Oyster Seed

Check out the "Preservation Edition" Collection, which includes this documentary short (www.StonyPix.com) To better understand and appreciate the documentary…
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This is a great piece of history that has not been well documented in the past. It includes priceless footage and interviews - a must see!

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Harvesting Canadian oysters can be an Icy Job

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Divers go under the ice to harvest oysters in Canada's New London Bay. CBC's Brian Higgins reports.
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Here is the whole picture of "ice diving for oysters" as performed to harvest Respberry Point Oysters on PEI. Next time you enjoy one of these icy refugees, thank a farmer. 

 

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