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By Steve Kilar, The Baltimore Sun | October 15, 2011
A Southern Maryland chef swept the National Oyster Cook-Off on Saturday at the St. Mary's County Fairgrounds, a festival organizer said. Chef Loic Francois Jaffres, who owns and operates Café des Artistes in Leonardtown, took the contest's three top prizes with his white wine-sautéed appetizer, oysters casino wrapped in spinach. Jaffres' oysters were poached in seafood stock, dusted with panko breadcrumbs and served in shot glasses. There were contestants from more than 10 states.
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FEATURES
By Timothy B. Wheeler, The Baltimore Sun | June 20, 2011
— The dock built to hold water-filled tanks of baby oysters stands empty. The new marina for landing fully grown bivalves is being used for now by some crabbers. Encouraged by a new state policy to boost private oyster farming, Jay Robinson and Ryan Bergey applied last fall to lease upward of 1,000 acres in Fishing Bay in southern Dorchester County. They planned to "plant" 100 million hatchery-spawned oysters on the bottom there this year and raise them for sale to restaurants and seafood wholesalers.
FEATURES
Tim Wheeler | February 3, 2013
Now for a bit of good news - and from an environmental group at that. Drew Koslow, the Choptank Riverkeeper, reports that while walking the shore of Harris Creek in Talbot County, he saw an "amazing" abundance of oysters growing in the intertidal zone, inundated by water at high tide but exposed to the air at ebb. "You literally couldn't take a step without walking on oysters," Koslow said in a recent release by the Mid-Shore Riverkeeper Conservancy....
NEWS
By Timothy B. Wheeler and Timothy B. Wheeler,tim.wheeler@baltsun.com | February 14, 2009
A high-profile state task force is recommending that Maryland stop spending millions of dollars to plant oysters in the Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries only to let watermen harvest them. The 21-member Oyster Advisory Commission says the state should stop paying for such "managed reserves" over the next several years and instead help watermen learn how to raise oysters at their own expense for sale to restaurants and seafood businesses. "I just don't think the public is going to be willing to pay very much longer for a couple hundred guys to make some of their income harvesting oysters," William Eichbaum, chairman of the advisory commission and a vice president of the World Wildlife Fund, said yesterday.
NEWS
August 24, 2005
THE LAST TWO decades have been disastrous for the Chesapeake Bay oyster. The shellfish population has been so decimated, mostly by disease but also from pollution and overharvesting, that the federal government is studying whether to declare it an endangered species and state officials are pondering whether to import Asian oysters to augment and possibly supplant the native stock. With that in mind, it's downright shocking to find out that the Maryland Department of Natural Resources has proposed making it significantly easier for watermen to harvest the remaining oysters in certain areas of the bay. Admittedly, the DNR is under considerable pressure from Republican lawmakers to aid watermen and seafood processors whose incomes have waned as the oyster supply has plummeted.
NEWS
By Timothy B. Wheeler and Timothy B. Wheeler,Sun Staff Writer | March 31, 1994
The Chesapeake Bay's disease-battered oyster industry continues its downward slide, with record-low harvests this season in Maryland and Virginia.Landings of oysters reported in Maryland for the season that ends today are expected to be only 70,000 bushels, down 40 percent from the previous year's record poor catch, according to the state Department of Natural Resources.In Virginia, meanwhile, the harvest of market-size oysters from publicly owned river bottom has fallen to about 6,000 bushels, from 40,000 the year before, according to the Virginia Marine Resources Commission.
NEWS
By Andrea F. Siegel and Andrea F. Siegel,Sun Staff Writer | March 29, 1995
Young oysters are growing naturally on an old bed in the South River, rather than being planted there by state workers.The discovery, on an oyster bar near the mouth of Selby Bay, has renewed environmentalists' hopes that the ailing Chesapeake Bay shellfish population may be starting to recover."
NEWS
July 24, 1995
Blue Oyster Cult was a rock band from an era that also produced acts named Kiss and Alice Cooper. They're not to be confused with a veritable new oyster cult that has sprung up among Anne Arundel waterfront residents who have decided that one way to save Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries is to cultivate oysters.The Amberley Community Association recently voted to spend $500 to start a reef on a tenth of an acre at the juncture of White hall and Ridout creeks, west of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Wesley Case and The Baltimore Sun | February 19, 2014
Beer is helping the Chesapeake Bay. Seriously. Since 2011, a portion of sales from Flying Dog Brewery's Pearl Necklace Oyster Stout have assisted in planting nearly 3 million oysters in the Bay. Each sold bottle of Pearl Necklace Oyster Stout, which is brewed with oysters from Rappahannock River, allows the Oyster Recovery Partnership ( ORP ) to plant 10 oysters, a ccording to Erin Weston, director of communications for Flying Dog. On March 1, the Frederick company will present its latest donation to the ORP (from 2013 sales)
NEWS
By Ellen Hawks and Ellen Hawks,SUN STAFF | November 12, 2003
Felicity Pocock of Baltimore requested a recipe for an "oyster-artichoke soup, or stew, ... which was a standard at a restaurant in New Orleans." Michael Cheswick of Eldersburg responded. "From the Gumbo Shop in New Orleans, oyster-and-artichoke soup for Felicity in Baltimore. The Gumbo Shop on South Front Street is one of the best-kept secrets in New Orleans. During a week's stay, I must have eaten there three or four times. I have served the soup during Super Bowls and at Christmas. ... You can get the Gumbo Shop cookbook online.
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