Chesapeake Oysters: A Book Talk
WHEN: April 14, 2016, 5:30–7:30 PM
WHERE: 201 West Monument St, Baltimore, MD
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Author Kate Livie, the Director of Education at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, will discuss her new book, Chesapeake Oysters: The Bay's Foundation and Future. Maryland's premier oyster restoration group, the Oyster Recovery Partnership will also be present to discuss their current initiatives and will be shucking oysters for everyone to enjoy. Plus, we'll have some of our limited-edition Pride II oyster knives on hand for you to hold and purchase. Proceeds from sales of the knives will benefit Pride of Baltimore, Inc. and the Oyster Recovery Partnership.
The Oyster's Importance to Chesapeake Life
Crassostrea virginica, the eastern oyster.
These humble bivalves are the living bones of the Chesapeake and the ecological and historical lifeblood of the region. When colonists first sailed these impossibly abundant shores, they described massive shoals of foot-long oysters. But the bottomless appetite of the Gilded Age and great fleets of skipjacks took their toll. Disease, environmental pressures, and overconsumption decimated the population by the end of the twentieth century.
While Virginia turned to bottom-leasing, passionate debate continues in Maryland among scientists and oystermen whether aquaculture or wild harvesting is the better way forward. Today, boutique oyster farming in the Bay is sustainably meeting the culinary demand of a new generation of connoisseurs. With careful research and interviews with experts, Kate Livie will present this dynamic story and a glimpse of what the future may hold.
The Oyster Recovery Partnership will also discuss some of their current initiatives, including sale of their commemorative oyster knives crafted from reclaimed wood from Pride of Baltimore II.
These knives were crafted to raise funds to support Maryland's oyster heritage and preserve its rich maritime history. Proceeds from the sales support the Oyster Recovery Partnership and Pride of Baltimore, Inc.
About The Oyster Recovery Partnership
Twenty-one years ago, the Oyster Recovery Partnership (ORP) was commissioned as a cooperative coalition of multiple partners that contributed to a large-scale restoration program to plant disease-free oysters back into the Chesapeake Bay. Since then, nearly 5.9 billion oysters have been planted on 2,200 acres of oyster reefs and 70,000 bushels of shell have been recycled to provide homes for new oysters. (Above: Oyster Recovery Partnership divers help rehabilitate reefs on Maryland's Harris Creek, the largest oyster restoration project on the East Coast.)
As Maryland's leading nonprofit restoring oysters in the Bay, the ORP also operates the region's Shell Recycling Alliance, supports the state's Marylanders Grow Oysters program, and provides shellfish aquaculture and fishery support services. Read more about the Oyster Recovery Project here.
This lecture is organized by the Maryland Historical Society Maritime Committee, in partnership with Pride of Baltimore and the Oyster Recovery Partnership. You won't want to miss it!