Delaware Public Media

Oysters

John Lee

Delaware's oyster quota is up this year, allowing commercial fishermen to harvest more bushels this season.

 

 

John Lee

Water in the Chesapeake Bay that’s about 30 to 50 ft. deep is becoming more acidified, according to new research.


 

That means carbon dioxide is dissolving in the water, which could potentially hurt oysters and clams.

Pamela D'Angelo

In 2009, President Obama signed an executive order recognizing the Chesapeake Bay as a national treasure. That began a federal-state partnership to restore and protect it, including a plan to revive the wild oyster population through sanctuaries on restored reefs in Maryland and Virginia.

But President Trump's proposed budget eliminates funding for that plan, further complicating an already complicated effort to restore the reefs gutted by a century of overfishing, disease and pollution. 

Pamela D'Angelo reports for Chesapeake: A Journalism Collaborative.


John Lee

Delaware shellfish enthusiasts are a step closer to raising oysters and clams locally. A lottery will be held in early May for watermen interested in securing spots to raise shellfish in the Inland Bays.

 

It’s taken the state years to get to this point and Delaware Public Media’s Katie Peikes explains why.

 

 


Center for the Inland Bays

A program in Sussex County lets you help protect Delaware’s shoreline just by eating some oysters.

 

19 restaurants in Sussex County are participating in this year’s Don’t Chuck Your Shucks program.

 


John Lee

 

In response to a massive sewage spill, Delaware’s Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC) is temporarily halting shellfish harvesting in the Delaware Bay.

John Lee

 

An increase to the oyster quota in the First State isn’t expected to threaten the state’s oyster stock.

 

Delaware’s registered oyster harvesters will see a 7 percent increase in the state’s oyster quota, which is being raised to 11,438 bushels this year. The increase was decided Wednesday night at the Advisory Council on Shellfisheries.

 

John Lee

Oysters are nature’s filtration machines, and there used to be enough of them in the Chesapeake Bay to filter and clean all that water in three days. Now, there are so few oysters it takes more than a year.

So, environmentalists are trying to rebuild the population by growing oysters.

Photo credit: Joel McCord

 


Before shellfish farmers can apply for plots in the Inland Bays, the state plans to restrict certain areas from aquaculture, due to concerns from neighboring residents.

Credit: Carrie B. Grisham/Chesapeake Bay Foundation

It could be an up and down year for Delaware Bay watermen, with a strong forecast for blue crab, but near-record low projections for oysters.

Pages