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Aquaculture could feed the world and protect the planet - if we get it right

Aquaculture could feed the world and protect the planet - if we get it right | OI Newsletter - A web family | Scoop.it
The global population is growing, but we only have an estimated 60 years of use left in our arable soils at current rates. Could aquaculture be the answer?
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This article sets forth the principle logic behind employing aquaculture to feed the future population of the planet. For many farmers, it is one reason why they do what they do.

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The Duxbury Bay Way

Gregg Morris owner of 2 Rock Oyster Farm shows how oyster farming is done in Duxbury Bay. Staff video by Matt Stone
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Duxbury Bay oyster farmer Gregg Morris shows how he raises his oysters. He is one of over two dozen famers in Duxbury, Massachusetts who have overcome the obstacles and mastered a successful technique for growing quality C. Virginica oysters. Please note: The time mentioned in the video that is required to "ice" oysters has been reduced to one hour.  
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Oyster Farming in the West of Ireland

Here is a video we did with www.thatsfarming to show a different side of farming in Ireland. We visited with Thomas Galvin of Moyasta Oysters i
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Ever wonder what "modern" oyster farm in Ireland looks like? Well Thomas Galvin will give you a tour.
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Harvesting Alaska: Kachemak Bay Oysters

Crosby is part owner of the Moss Island Oyster Farm. It's one of 12 active farms in the Kachemak Bay Shellfish Co-op. The farmers in the coop raised oyster
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Pacific oysters are not native to cold Alaskan waters. But when the salinity is right, the Kachemak Bay Shellfish Co-op is able to farm them successfully using hatchery spat and hanging cages. The farmers love the idea of living on the water and brave the weather to harvest their bounty.
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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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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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For new posts, and more oldies but goodies ...

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The best is yet to come!

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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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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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Chesapeake Bay Foundation

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Why are oyster reefs so amazing? Just watch THIS!
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Here is the whole story about oyster reefs, from ancient times until now. It is lavishly illustrated with underwater videos of Chesapeake Bay wildlife. It is a beautiful explanation of a vital natural phenomenon too often sacrificed by modern coastal life.
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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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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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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

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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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