Past and Present of Oystering in the Chesapeake Bay, including the February 2016 Oyster Summit

Mud, Shuck, and Spat, by Andrew David Thayer, in Hakai Magazine (Victoria, British Columbia, Canada), 3/15/16, offers information on the history of oystering in the Chesapeake Bay (including the official end of Virginia’s and Maryland’s Oyster Wars with the Potomac River Compact of 1958); problems that developed in the industry in the 20th Century; recent efforts and conflicts over restoration, and an account of developments at the February 18-19, 2016, Chesapeake Bay Oyster Summit, held in Fredericksburg, Va.

For more information on the February 2016 Oyster Summit, including access to the presentations, visit the Chesapeake Bay Program Web site at

More information on the Potomac River Compact is available online at, or

And for an audio take on the cultural and biological importance of Chesapeake Bay oysters, have a listen to Virginia Water Radio Episode 279 (week of 8-24-15; 4 min./23 sec.), online at

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